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}

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Strawberry Picking

It's another hot day today! Just classic July weather... (but you might want to keep cool with a HeatBeater).

This morning Ed and I joined <<==Gemma at the local U-Pick Strawberry Farm. That luscious strawberry fragrance greeted us as we were shown which part of which row we could pick in. The paper had run a story making it sound like all the berries would be gone by Friday, but it appeared to us that there are still quite a few for the picking. I'm not sure what they will do if there are still "tons" left after this weekend... extend the season?

After an hour I knew that I couldn't-- well, didn't want to-- pick any more. It was getting increasingly hotter and I just didn't feel 100%. So we picked up our pails and made our way to the check-out. Gemma, bless her heart, gave me some of her overflow to make up for my wimpiness. And I love strawberries... you can read a little about that at my NingXia Red blog.

We just got word that one of our dear friends back in Saskatoon Church passed away on Sunday. He had a reoccurance of cancer after having gone through all the usual treatments a couple of years ago. His name was (Dr.)Philip Raney... he worked up until a couple of weeks ago at his long-time job at the Research Council with canola crops. On Sunday he went into Palliative Care and passed away the same day. Please pray for his family-- Barb, Alex, Michael (Kirsten)-- who will sorely miss him. Phil had a lovely "Irish" tenor voice and will be missed as part of the Raney musicales. Whatever Phil took on he did with great commitment and passion. He had several greenhouses and a fantastic garden every year that provided bounty for many who would probably not have otherwise never even seen some of the rare, and tasty, tomatoes and squash that he gifted them with. I am so happy to have heard his lovely sermons built around the analogies of the garden. The connection with our Comox Valley Church is through Phil's sister-in-law, Cathy E., who was a teacher in the Merville Adventist School, her children, Jennifer and Jonathan attending there as well. We are all connected, all family.

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