Wasting Away

28 May

Wasting Away, In The Concerns Of Life, Instead Of Golfing

Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, was frustrated to hear that I have not been golfing in our good weather here in B.C. When he heard that I have been spending extra time gardening, and getting ready for painting, he was sure I am badly misguided. “At your age, you should not spend your limited, time left, in chores, when you could be enjoying the finer things in life,” Ed scolded.

I assured Ed that he could be right, but that I was in good company off the golf course. The greenhouse was packed with other folks picking up bedding plants. Home Depot was standing room only in the paint section with everyone trying to finalize their paint colors.

Sunday

28 May

For Some, Sunday Is A Sacred Day, But For Others, It Is Not

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, considers every day alike. He rejects going to church on Sunday as he sees Sunday as no more sacred than any other day. My old neighbor has lots of people who share his view that every day is alike. They reject the view that Sunday is the Lord’s Day. The commandment, to remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy does not hold water with them.

Ed argues that the Sabbath Day was not Sunday in the Old Testament but Saturday, and therefore, the commandment to remember or observe the Sabbath does not apply to us. The Old Testament is very clear about the Sabbath Day. It says, “There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day (Saturday) is a holy day, a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly.”

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.