I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sabbath Storm

My husband is away in the Mainland for the weekend (Men's Retreat at Camp Hope) as we await the nastiest part of this 'tropical' storm tailing of the week of rains and winds here in the Comox Valley.  A Fall Storm.  It is a quiet and anticipatory time: I look out my kitchen patio door down over the neighbour's shed, tree tops, and across the stone-grey strip of Comox Harbour that I can see.  The heavy layers of grey cloud slump down into the mountaintops.  There is a very thin line of light, a whisper of sun and blueness.

Dark and gloomy in here.  I can see some lights on over in Comox, on the far shore.  It is 10:50 AM, and I am not at church.  I will do a private worship and prayer today.  It is raining lightly.  Eventually the winds will come up and start breaking apart branches, and maybe uprooting trees.  The rivers in Courtenay are higher than usual.  There are likely detours around areas of overflow today, and possible gridlock on the bridges.  I am an anxious driver with slowed reactions as I get older.  I took myself off the city streets today thinking (or rationalizing my fear?) that my absence is probably a benefit to the other drivers and pedestrians in the city where I go to Church.

I did a little battening down of the hatches, as my neighbours name the putting of lawn furniture and garbage cans in the garage.  I brought in a potted ficus that has lived on the back deck for most of the summer.

I am mindful of not getting enough exercise and took a walk around the block before the rain came with my neighbour, Linda and her little dog, Alvin.  Always kind, Linda offered their services or ? if anything comes up while Ed is away.

I listen to Chris Tomlin singing "God of Wonders" on youtube.  A majestic piece of music with vibrant energy and lyrics that fit with the Creator's artistry and energy, a testimony of today, the Sabbath.  "God of wonders beyond our galaxy-- You are holy, holy!"  The apple tree in our backyard shakes and sways in time.

To allay my fearful spirit I listen to Acappella's "Hush" (Don't Worry, God is Standing By)" on youtube.

I am missing my friend's sermon today.  I am very sorry about that because Chaplain Karen Hayde always serves me up spiritual food.  I will listen instead to a sermon by Pastor Dwight Nelson.  You can listen too if you have 35 minutes (something you can multi-task with since you do not need to have your eyes on the screen to take in the message).  It is called "Living On the Edge With God-- Part 1".

12:15 AM: The harbour is 'socked in'-- white like a snow storm, with a white sky.  Rain is falling steady.  Trees and chimney smoke are not perceptibly "blowing in the wind".

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Waiting for God by James Smith, Book Review

Waiting For God by James Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Smith wrote this book after prayerful consideration following the urgings that he do so by his Christian mentors, Pastor Justis St.Hilaire, an evangelist, and Pastor Wesley Torres, now the President of the BC Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  He writes poignantly and transparently about the emotional and physical pain that dogged him for the majority of his life, creating relationship havoc in his loving marriage, depression, unpredictable rage, social withdrawal and a search for help through substance addictions and Buddhism. He felt hopeless and worthless, and attempted suicide more than once in his life.

As it says on the book's back cover, "God revealed Himself at Jim's lowest point". The journey from there is the purpose for Jim's wanting to share his story. Through subsequent presentations, he has met many other male victims of childhood sexual abuse in the 1970s and this book and his ministry is for those who are searching for answers and hope in a world that really doesn't offer much of that. I personally know people who will benefit in their lives from reading this book, and you likely do as well. If you would like a free copy, please let me (Cynthia, Communications Facilitator) know at comoxvalleysda at gmail.com. Jim wants his story of hope and redemption in the love and mercy of Jesus Christ to be spread widely.

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