Monday Morning Musings
Well, since I was preaching in Rocky Mountain House yesterday, let me start by saying, Happy (belated) Mother’s Day everyone. So good to celebrate Moms and their important contributions to our families, the church and the community. I hope you all had a special day. I certainly thank the Lord each and every day for the Mom who leads our family (Sharon) and her tireless and unending devotion to me and the kids.
Sharon and I had a chance to hike Siffleur Falls about an hour or so outside of Rocky Mountain House on Saturday. Not only was the drive picturesque, but the hike was breathtaking. With the warm temperatures, it felt like everything in the forest was waking up. Mountain flowers pushing their way out of the ground. Deer feeding on new grass. Rodents of every sort scurrying in the underbrush, searching for food. Water moving. Sun shinning. As we climbed, I thought of Psalm 95 in The Message: “God is amazing, High King over all the gods. In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns, in the other hand grasps the high mountains. He made Ocean—he owns it! His hands sculpted Earth!” BTW, if you’ve never done it, it’s a wonderful family hike. It’s about 8 km total and easily manageable even for younger kids. There’s also a decent campground right across the road at 2 Mile Creek. Check it out.
I’m glad The River had a chance to hear Ryan the Ft. Sask church planter preach. Wasn’t he good! I know he’s been to The River before, but this is the last time you are going to see him for a while as the challenges of launching a new church crowd in on him. I had a chance to meet with him on Thursday and he was pretty encouraged by 9 new families wanting to join Bridge Church as a result of an “interest” party that he and his team held. His bottom line is that he won’t accept anyone who is ALREADY attending a church in Ft. Sask. Pretty bold move on his part. All nine of the families that are interested in joining him didn’t have a church prior to last week. What’s more, several of them have never been part of a church community before. BTW, if you want to support Ryan (and I HIGHLY encourage you to do so), CLICK HERE! Thanks!