By Pastor Ruth Denboer
Beauty is all around us!
I grew up on the west coast of Canada in a little community called Port Moody, a suburb of Vancouver. I loved my childhood days so much. We literally had a mountain behind our home and we were about 3 blocks from the ocean. I grew up climbing trees, building tree forts and swinging from the huge cedar trees just beyond our back yard fence. There was a cedar mill down by the ocean’s edge, so the smell of cedar is engrained into my childhood memories.
For years now I have struggled with some resentment due to the lack of large green trees here on the prairies. I guess because of my early memories of huge trees and clear lakes with majestic mountains as the back drop … the scenery here just didn’t cut it for me.
However, God has lately been helping me see the beauty all around me. I can honestly say the prairies have a beauty all their own. The glowing grain fields with the setting sun as a back drop are a gorgeous picture in their own right!
Psalm 19:1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
By Pastor Vern Kratz
At the end of August I drove my son back to college where he will be attending classes for the next 8 months. When you have to fit everything you need into one vehicle it becomes a matter of deciding what is important and essential, and then separating it from those things that are not necessary. Some call it downsizing. When it comes to daily life I like to see it as simplifying.
As we head into another busy season of life and ministry it will help us greatly if we take a moment to simplify and wade through the clutter of our “to do” lists and really decide what is important and essential.
Philip Yancey (writer/speaker) told about his time spent at a monastic retreat centre.
…A monk had shown him the room in which he was about to stay. It was small and very simple. The monk instructed him: “If you need anything, let us know and we will teach you how to get along without it.”
I am often surprised by how much I can do without.
I hope when you downsize your list you will find that you have plenty of time for moments that God can speak into your life, time to spend with family, and time to serve and care for the needs of others around you.
As we begin a new season take a moment to simplify your life. Make time for what is really necessary and important.