La Lune

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It is a crisp cold night out there tonight. Just a few moments chance to get a shot or two without the tripod.

The sky is exciting these days with Venus and Mars near the moon.
Tonight the two jewels shone a bit white and brilliant red, Mars up and to the right of Venus.

Beautiful and amazing sights to see.

Moon Shot Feb. 21 2015

Venus with Mars up and right

And just like that I loose a week

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I don't have time to be laying in bed or wheezing about these days yet that's been the thrill of this last week. The flu has come to visit and has hit me from left field.

Let me just say that it's one thing to be sick and have a clear schedule, and completely another to have an urgent set of deadlines coming up to smack you in the face pretty quickly.

Well this week is deadline week. I'm teaching a pretty intense seminar in the prison tonight, and I have a report I need to write up today sometime for another church. Then I need to meet with some people tomorrow and Friday, and then, I need to get ready for Sunday. Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent.

I suppose it would help if I could sleep. Children's needs keeping me up most of the night. Awake mostly praying. Awake wishing. Awake hoping. Awake... awake.

This week is intense on me. And so it feels like here I am, being intense back at the week. This will be mistaken for impatience, or frustration. I am becoming aware of how this shapes me. So I am going to take steps to de-intensify.


But first I should wipe up that huge loogie I just sneezed onto the floor.

Denver Tired

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I woke up this morning feeling like I had been hit by a truck.
So. Tired.
I recall waking in the wee small hours needing a glass of water, and it was only 12:48am.
I am in rough shape. I admit it.
Work has been hard core since I got back from holidays in early November. And now we are done our Annual meeting, (which was awesome by the way. God awesome.) Now my schedule is urgent meeting clear for the first time in months. So that is great.

This is a reset time for me, this midwinter pastors week. So I'm trying to reset myself. Trying to balance self alone time along with connecting with people time.

Today is walking and napping time. Doing some reading of poetry and some praying, which is alike and for my spirit.

And God is close and looking out for me, and pushing me when it starts to get too much about me.

I just need a lot from this week and today is a dodgy start, physically at least.

So I'm done my coffee and croissant and the sun is out and warm so I'm off to walk a couple miles downtown, including a stop at a bookstore for a good book of poetry.

Let's see what Denver has to show me.

Should we be praying for sick people to be made well?

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You know the church's history of praying for healing for people has been a bit of a come and go thing over the past 2000 years. There are seasons where we practice it well and then there are seasons of quiet. We see seasons of incredible miracles and then we see nothing for a hundred or so years. While that may be a part of our past story, there is biblical reason to believe that it can be a helpful part of our ministries today, if we will have the courage to try.

I think some of us are generally afraid of the whole topic, so we end up saying that those sorts of things were for the early days of the church and are not for today.
I also think that we see the things we have simple faith to see.

During the past two weeks we tackled the difficult topic of Healing in the church and we explored some reasons why we may not see the answers we are looking for. It's certainly not the definitive piece on healing, but it's a good place to start looking at these things and perhaps to be challenged about our own thinking on it.

Part One: Praying for healing, an Overview

Part Two: What Happens When We're Not Healed?

...each day has enough troubles of its own.

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Look, we made it through the week.
I'll admit, at the start I wasn't sure how it would go. But at the start of the week, during prayer at our staff meeting, we talked about what it would look like to only pray for the needs of the day. Then to do that each day, and to not pray for the future, which may not in the long run, even need prayer.

So we tried that. And I tried that with my schedule.
It's sort of what I do anyway, but this week I was more intentional about it. And it was a better week.
Each day was to focus on the work of that day, and for the most part we made it through.

There was a dodgy bit on Thursday when I was in Leduc in the morning for a pastors meeting, then got over to Camrose, then another stop on a call, and to the office to get the Annual Report done. The close bit was to get the services ready for the care homes in the evening. That one was a little close for comfort, but there was grace to get it done. And the services were a joy and blessing, as they usually are, because the people there are grateful.

Today was a church families event in the morning, then a birthday party for a family in the afternoon. We came home to the reality that there was a few free hours for the first time this week.

I lay down on the couch, and too quickly fell asleep, hard I guess. Herself had to wake me three hours later to eat a late supper.

Tomorrow is worship, and I'm talking about some biblical reasons why people are not healed when we pray for it. I'm getting some good interest in it, and people are looking for answers, so it will be a good day, I'm praying.

So we made it through the week, and I'm pretty thankful, I feel pretty blessed.