Victoria Day weekend has been a busy time this year. Friday I was privileged to watch the Tigers “White Wash” (to quote Gord Gunnell) the Cardinals. It’s not every day you see a 9 run inning! Thanks Mark for a great night. Saturday was a day on the yard and I felt a great sense of accomplishment – I was able to finish my work, for the most part, today thanks to help from Kevin Miller. Sunday was a great day indeed as we had four baptisms at the church. Yesterday I also was able to be with Sir Chris Hornby who celebrated his 25th birthday today. Sunday afternoon was spent at Joe Louis Arena for game 5 for the NHL Western Conference Final. It was a great way to spend an afternoon – sad to say the Wings lost in overtime – worse yet since they were leading one nothing up until 19:13 of the third period, when the Ducks tied the game. But is was a very good game and was fun to be at. Thanks Kevin M for taking me along. Today I was pleased to have Padre Early Klotz of HMCS Halifax tour me through the ship. It wa great to see – all very interesting – and as I noted earlier I was able to finish my work in the yard today as well. Anyway – it has been a very active few days.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the preaching on Sunday morning. Our Honourary Assistant, Geoff Dibbs gave a great homily on Sunday reminding is all of our need to take our discipleship seriously. Reflecting on Geoff’s words, on Sunday night I was ready some Dietrich Bonhoeffer and stumbled upon these words of his. “Sometimes we don’t need another chance to express how we feel or to ask someone to understand our situation. Sometimes we just need a firm kick in the pants. An unsmiling expectation that if we mean all these wonderful things we talk about and sing about, then let’s see something to prove it.” I must say, this is direct and to the point, and very meaningful. We all have strong feelings on Sunday mornings about our faith. I’m not sure we always have the energy to carry that forward to Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday it is often a distant memory and come Friday, forgotten. What’s more I am certain that often we are embarrassed to speak up about or faith. Thank you to Geoff for reminding us of our need to practice our faith. We are called into discipleship –m let is take that call seriously and move forward to serve Him who sends us.