Monday Musings (special Wednesday edition) 05/12/12
Every once and a while, one is given the opportunity to walk down memory lane with dear friends and old acquaintances. This past weekend was one of those times.
MJ and I just returned from a ministry weekend in Ontario. As I sit for a moment and ponder all that took place over four days, I realize how blessed I have been to have people cross our path over the years.
I think of Ted and Heather Marshall. Thirty years ago, as I began my ministry, they were youth counselors in our youth group at Trinity, Oshawa. There is no couple quite like the Marshall’s. Their love for youth lives on to this day, as all these years later, many of the youth they have ministered to, continue to stay in touch with them. Heather is the number one chocolate chip cookie maker in the world. On Saturday, I had the opportunity to bite into one (or two, or three…) of those fresh cookies and feed on the wonderful memories of our first six years in ministry.
Then, there is Arn and Elsie Bowler, retired PAOC missionaries now living in Oshawa Ontario. As a matter of fact, they live in the house that MJ and I once occupied while youth pastoring at Trinity. I never tire of sitting with this couple and reminiscing of the incredible missionary journey they travelled for fifty years. At eighty three years of age, Arn is still talking about another mission’s trip to Malawi next year. I can only pray that I will still have the same drive and energy of an Arn Bowler if God allows me to reach eighty three.
To top off the weekend, we had the opportunity to surprise a very special niece and nephew and their two children. MJ and I joined my brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Linda, in crafting a surprise that would see us meet at Christian Life Center, Ajax, on Sunday evening to watch Diego and Ivanna perform in their Christmas presentation. They are two of the cutest kids on the face of the earth.
So, although one cannot live in the past, it is important to take a walk from time to time down that memory lane. Memories are like flowers. Once in a while it is good to take them out and water them, remembering all of those who have made an impact upon your life.
By the way, today is our daughter’s birthday. Stephanie, your Mom and Dad love you dearly. You are a special gift from God and we are so proud of you!!!!
Until next Monday…