So, it’s mid-summer. How are you doing? I’m feeling like the effects of global climate change are coming home to roost. It’s like in our generation, we’ve had to get use to weird weather, weird politics, weird church, weird people and weird a whole bunch of other stuff. It makes you wonder how the next 25 years are going to unfold. Whenever I feel this way, I turn to Psalm 46. One of my favorite Psalms. I don’t want to appear over pious, but I love this psalm. It says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Listen to this psalm. God is YOUR refuge. He really is. Comfort yourself with the Psalms this summer.
Sharon and I volunteered at “Taste of Edmonton” last week. It’s something we’ve done every year over the past several summers. It supports Sharon’s work; her work with Brander Garden ROCKS, a non-profit that reaches out to community kids that live in Brander Gardens, here in Riverbend. I love the food aspect of it. In volunteering, we get free tickets in order to sample the food. Hmmmmm. And then, sometimes, some of the vendors bring various delicious food to the volunteer station. Double hmmmmm…because it’s free. Of course, it wasn’t without its challenges given the weather, but let me encourage you to be involved in your community this summer. It’s so worth it.
The River men had a pizza party on Saturday night at Laurie Schlamp’s place. First of all, I want to say that Laurie, as usual, was an amazing host. The food was amazing. His hospitality stellar. But, I also want to note that we have so many good guys at The River. We really do. Thanks to those of you who attended. Let’s keep connecting this Fall and growing in loving Jesus and loving each other.