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Answered Prayer

9 May

Mothers Pray To Be Able To Have Children To Love And Keep

Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, is getting busier on his farm and complaining that company always comes when you don’t have time to visit with them. Ed learned that their family from Edmonton is coming for the weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day. I told Ed that it might be wise to be around on Mother’s Day, even if, he wants to work land and seed. My old neighbor feels that he does not need to be home for Mother’s Day because Ruby is his wife not his mother.

I told Ed that he could be with his family in honor of his mother. He replied that his mother has been dead for ten years now. I suggested then that it might be a good year to put some flowers on his mother’s grave.  My old neighbor said his mother wouldn’t know if he put flowers on her grave. I told him that he would know that he honored her with some flowers.

Senior Sunset

9 May

Seniors Should Ride Off On A Bus Trip To A Casino

Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, makes light of bus trips for seniors. I told him we had just returned from a seniors’ bus excursion to Victoria. When Ed heard it was not a trip to a casino at Victoria, but the Legislature, the Royal B.C. Museum, downtown Victoria and the harbor and waterfront there, he was sure it was a waste of time and money.

According to Ed, bus trips for seniors are: “A bus full of oldies squashed together, talking loudly, because they are hard of hearing, but won’t wear their hearing aids. They are excited about leaving home even if it is by the bus; eager to do something out of the ordinary with their time.” Ed claims that the only bus trip that makes sense to him is to a distant big casino. There, if you win you feel great, and if you lose, it can be a time to drown your sorrow with more than hot water that you drink at home. Last, of all, Ed says that seniors ride off into the sunset on bus trips, not confident they will live happily, ever after, but determined that something exciting will happen on their road trip.

Keeping In Touch

22 Apr

Contacting Folks By Phone Is No Easy Task

“I might want to talk with you, but you may not want to talk with me,” I told my Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan. We were discussing my present endeavor to contact members our church congregation by phone. Ed, said, “Phoning people is as bad as knocking on their door. Seeing a pastor or priest at church is more than enough for most people.”

Ed advised me that I should leave the members of my congregation alone. Don’t call, don’t visit, and at church don’t ask about anything more personal than the weather. I think many folks would agree with Ed, but they might also say that no one from the church ever contacts me unless they want my money or my help. It is always a challenge to show love and encouragement to congregational members.

Self Sufficiency

22 Apr

Our Security Can Be Shattered In Seconds

“Security is an illusion,” I complained to Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan. I had received a letter concerning my pension plan from my church’s denomination. It seems it is no longer as secure as it should be. This unsecured pension plan could spell a big hole in my self-sufficiency in my future years. According to a major newspaper article, I am just becoming like many Canadians who cannot assume they will have a secure work pension in the future.

Everyone has watched stock market plunges that have devalued everyone’s savings in the short term. These stock market plunges have been estimated to have drained retirement accounts by 50 billion. Sadly, significant companies, and industries have toppled, putting once secure pension plans into bankruptcy.

Garden Itch

13 Apr

There Is No Cure For The Itch To Be In The Garden

“Some of you get the itch as early as February,” Ed my old neighbor from Saskatchewan said with contempt. The garden itch is something Ed will never scratch. “Gardens are for fanatics and fatalists who plant, weed and water to reap vegies that they force on unwilling meat eaters, like me,” Ed proclaims each spring and summer. As far as Ed is concerned, the only vegetable worth mentioning is a potato.

Ed’s negative attitude towards gardening steams from his forced labor as a child on his family farm when hoeing a large garden was a part of his life. I told Ed I thought of his resentment toward garden hoeing when reading the words of John Muir. In 1857 John’s father bought a section of land to be cleared. The property had no spring, creek, or lake. A well had to be dug, and the first ten feet were fine-grained dust easily dug, but at ten feet they hit solid rock. His father tried blasting the rock but made little progress. When that failed, John’s father gave him the job of digging the well with mason’s chisels.

Chocolate Children

30 Mar

Chocolate Easter Bunnies Are For Grandparents!

Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, now has a stockpile of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies for his treat drawer at his Quonset. On their recent trip to Edmonton for Easter, Ed learned that the modern moms in his family restrict the amount of candy allowed their children.

Being generous and remembering the fun of Easter egg hunts for his own children, Ed had purchased a large number of chocolate eggs and bunnies for his grandchildren. His grandchildren were only allowed a minimum of both Easter treats, and Ed brought home a good supply for himself. Ruby gets a headache from eating chocolate, so Ed volunteered to eat the candy when he is working at the farm.