PIONEER MISSION - VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHALLENGING YOUR FAITH NOT YOUR CHURCH

I hear all your thoughts and wonder where a church or parish lost the key focus. Yes sharing prayers and listening to the tensions, can be a challenge. The best way I find in my journey with faith, is to hear what the church does not hear, needs, sense where others are deaf, kindness, Then the whole situation is a motivation. I know many of you think I am silly. YOU are necessary, even with your faults, problems and difficult times to look out the doors of the church to a world in need of your kindness.
I encourage you all to step beyond the sanctuary, go out with your ability, share it, give it and hear the spirit of today's community that will make you a better individual   and family person. When you do that for yourself you will become a laity mission role person. Your daily life with God will be fun, and you are able to help all who need you for what you can do, not for sitting in that Comfortable Pew.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

THE TIME IS HERE TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF ROUGH EDGE

After so many months of development and marketing trends, the new enterprise is near to ready. The  work of setting together the people of Victoria which are needing support, and having members of the post military community provide the very thing they are able to provide, care, charity and fellowship.

C.S. Lewis makes great reference to the will of the forms of Love, known in humanity. These are known as Affection, Friendship, Eros and Charity. Since love as known in Faith and religion offers us as community the three most essential of qualities ( Let's set aside Eros, for good reason) we as a culture and community we can find all of the parts of what is vital for the Rough Edge Victoria to grow forward.

The full intention of the group is foundational on the will to find and employ the men and women of all paramilitary community suffering from post trauma and other disorders of the spirit, mind and soul. Current human suffering of those with medical issues of mobility and confinement due to prolonged ailments at any age. These two portions of medical restrictions are not opposite yet parallel in needs and treatment measures, that can and do enable both remedy and sustainable welafare.

Charity of soldiers, and all military personnel is well reported in every means. Nothing is more caring and acceptable then the open hands and willing sense of giving those at risk, affection of consideration, with friendly interaction. Anyone who views this reading will understand the wealth of actions, passive in nature with strength of resolve.

Those with all types of medical limitations through acts of injury, accidents, or medical incidents, are always willing and acceptable to support in these and many other ways. A small portion of food and refreshment, generously provides by a frequent interval of resident delivery door steps. The frequency and ability to spend a few moments assuring the client and linking both people together.

During the coming months, we will work with all parts of the community of  VICTORIA, JAMES BAY area and postal codes beginning as V8V initially. Through a brief marketing research the numbers of living residence of medical and age circumstance that could be over 1350 at risk of not having access to the essential fresh fruit and vegatable, as recommended in food guides and nutritions tables to meet minimum roughage and fibre content every  week for proper health needs.

It is the will and hope that by enabled connection, support and purpose that this organic body will strive to create and foster a new means of being a program that will reduce and in time realise the plans and dedication of our mission statement.

I want to ask all of the people who have medical conditions below the shoulders, to send me a email request should you live in Downtown Victoria area postal code V8V.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shorter Chapter 1B - Making sense where others do get it

The day began with a sore hip and a restless night, because it  hurts. Well the signs of advanced years are noted, by smaller bank deposits, quicker instant withdrawal (NOT ATM), or the occasional call from the bank about your account. We seldom hear from financial firms till you make a $10,000.00 change and they all find a reason to call and make contact.

By the way the chocolate cake run is still in plan stage, if the darling wife get a bike ride to the malt shop. Stay tuned fans, it will happen. Now more than ever the call of challenges and changes attracts me to a new situation. It can be compared to the time difference of pregnancy notice and actual delivery room arrival times, both take more than enough time off a marriage's minds. Did I ever mention the color of the new babies eyes are never what the rest of the family members ever thought was in your DNA profile according to their memories. Grandmother's mention of who in the  extended family ever had different color hair, over the last five decades is always topical to say the least, in my family history more rich than any bank will ever be.

Can life be any more fun, adventurous or interesting, stay tune children, Batman is on TV again.

Remember also to share a prayer with a friend today, in some way or moment.

Monday, June 9, 2014

CHAPTER 1B THE CONTINUATION OF A STORY

My  personal story here continues with a few swirls and changes,  that I was never aware of, called living the moment. The recent interest in making a change of life adjustment, has made me realize my own understanding of what fifteen minutes means when it actual happens? We are so often thinking we live by exacting decisions, that we can control and grasp. These include jobs and salaries, promotions and even in my case retirement? I was so certain that my hopes and intentions were to be one day a theologian and Clergy.  Then the voice of change said "Not likely buddy, not likely ever if ever?", in your case. I am sensing my ancient friend and adversary called "REASON IS". This manifested old victim syndrome, of not being good enough for God's world and people, because you did it your way, not the old school way is my nemesis  and teacher.

I chose to attend McMaster Divinity College as a mature student, for vocational religion and training  for over three years to build up my theologians mind, body, soul, and spirit skills. Now here I am, a rehabilitation nightmare and person with emotional concerns, unable to meet the challenges of formal clergy practices. Like in baseball games, after being thrown in a plate appearance,  Four Balls only, I advance to First base, then an attempt to run to second base gets  thrown out by the next batters line drive to Second baseman's glove. I think immediately, is the game over for me or should I await the next time I get  to go Home plate to bat. Long waits these 15 years between batting chances. Or is it a case did I just missed the last few season's on the bench. Well the best and simple answer is the game and season ended and you missed the rest of the following baseball seasons for a few reasons.

I felt I was around the ball park, or was I missing the fact my team and league folded and left me standing still. Was it my fault, for moving from one place in this country to another , not recognition the leagues are not the same, across the country. Every team needed I thought a Catchers  with my talents and ability, don't they??? Well apparently you my boy forgot your skills and ability were not exactly what the team's needed or were further interested in you as they play Baseball where you were developed for Softball regulations. Close but not exactly the same game.

I guess what is essential now is the fact that my talents and throwing arm are not as fast as they were a decade ago, yet what I posses is still vital and necessary. In today's redesigned theological program, now more than ever,  the need is becoming to find mature people of early retired age who can work in the aspect of leading churches from a different perspective, similar to a Player manager category, with a strength to lead teams, while part of the game day players too.

Reminds me of the Tom Hanks character in the Movie LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. His character lead teams during the WWII era, through games that were played so in a different way. Now maybe it is my ear that needs to listen more. I think I have found my new ball park where my talents are required. I could never imagine myself from those days at MACDIV to even this very day NOT being that Vocational Pioneer Mission man.

Pray for each other, share faith with grace, hope and joy. Always be ready for the next chapter.

MOUNT EVEREST CAKE AND FAITH??

Sitting in a small downtown Victoria BC malt shop, my darling wife and I were eyes on,  the Mount Everest Chocolate  monster cake in the display case. With ice cold milk and two forks can we do it, babe??  We both look at each other and wonder if we can make it home, after, you figure a piece of cake eight inches tall and with 1.7 million calories, who can figure the staff at the VGH  Emergency Room will not throw us out for grandstanding silly behavior. Does medical insurance cover excessive living faults, like drinking Maple Syrup, from the bottle or two people with severe stomach aches, from sugar overload.

If the choices in life are like that... for what we think we can get away with...who would fault anyone for sharing delicious cake on a warm afternoon. The world says eat Dessert First!!!. Is there  a commandment against fine dining and obsessive dessert dishes for two, three or even four starving people..... is there??

We escape the malt shop counter with a BLT and soup and Snikerdoddles, for under $8.00, and she dines on a Veggie Wrap with Shrimp and Salsa, with a Lemonade to wash it down. Chicken's live forever where fools live by the light of the moon, and howl with glee for being rebels... isn't that in the Bible somewhere? Old testament theology says to practical and sensible. The Gospels are fair more about sharing and being good examples of living? 

Come last Sunday morning we tell everyone we are enjoying the life modestly, and our week's are filled with Baby sitting and nothing special going on, most all the time. Our noses must be growing to you my readers for all my dearest wife and I can to avoid our sinful delights, even when the announcement from the Lectern of the Prayers of  People announce that we are encouraged to be invited to the Healing Prayer team after Communion is taken from the Altar Rail and we are open to  go and clear the conscience of a person soul in turmoil. Mary Jane heads for the Healing Prayers, after a Communion rail, kneeling,  while I sit transfixed on her motions to clear her mind of the torments of looking at a Cake with Calories on the hips and soul, along with the dresses she had to give away, or forcing me to get rid of the pants which are far to tight for me to wear, because our two years of bliss and dining are more than we should have allowed ourselves to get to this level of concern. Note to self, be more in self control less snacks.

Today we are taking time out for the relaxing and refresh day of leisure, now the  devilish cake is out of our imagination Yet what starts as being good to each other can so rapidly turn to make us go for a bike ride uptown to get a Chocolate Gelato, after dinner for  an evening outing. However, with only four more blocks to the Malt Shop of desires and temptations, we could be back  on the road of temptation and wackiness with only a few more pedal strokes.  Stay tune fans, like the Batman show said each week, same Bat Channel, same Bat time kiddies.

Please be reminded to share your devotions with other's  by using the daily office of your choice with a friend either Morning, Matins, or Evening Song when you are able.


Friday, May 23, 2014

CHAPTER 1A OF WRITING A BOOK NO ONE WILL READ

Well like every other day you in a normal life, the day began under rain and clouds. Nothing special in that, and routine situation of the retired man with nothing to do. If ever you hear that from a person in retirement, fear like a sheep on a mountain pasture. I heard a recent sermon about what sheep need according to an author writer who is published.

Sheep need four aspects to lay down and rest. These include free from fear and threat. Could we as society ever feel a time when no threats, doubts or sensations of pensive emotion in our lives each day, not for days on end. I would say that is the impossible dream situation and condition. Our lives are about the tempo of from severe unrest and interpersonal tension called stress. I would give that condition the factor of five or greater to the left or upper scale. The opposite is like a case of quiet and calm bordering on dead asleep, which is the factor of five to the right and lower scale. Lives swing and move between these two pendulum places like the tempo of a metronomes of speeds we can unlikely ever expect. Let's make that the first stage.

Sheep are then affected by the location  of eve a few other sheep on the pasture, with space, direction and even proximity by scent from short to distance making them sensitive as well. Imagine a close relative sitting on your lap, who you are fond of but not exactly a loving close person of your interest. We all enjoy occasional intimate connect for warmth in cold  adverse conditions, but it is temporary and short in duration. Thereby you can visually relate to the fragrance or odor, or other dynamics of sheep to sheep and person to person interaction.

Ever see a fly or mosquito in a tent and you can visually recognize the next stage, free from distractions and nuisance elements. Sitting in a theatre with a snoring audience member now show you what could be called unbearable to be polite. Beaches full of teenagers and families with crying babies is one thing, but all afternoon and evening and now you get the need for distance and sensitive natures, becomes easy to accept and appreciate.

Hunger and hydration is self explaining. Good food and full belly is sense of self care, but hunger and thirst makes living either pleasant or difficult to manage. Personally the fly on the salad bowl and around the butter dish can be a reason for the best of us to head for the spray and Raid strip at least. All of these are adequate justification and understand how sheep and people are demonstrated as similar beyond compare. As we get older and look around our pastures we sense the circumstance of too many sheep, per pasture. Why does our farmer expect us to live under these climate, and natural conditions.

Is not all of these four thoughts the reason we as cultures, society, community and family seek to add in or be removed from a circumstance. The speed of the tempo we can govern somehow or in a loose way by avoidance or involvement by free choice. But as for sheep and other breeds of animal they also have one component absent from their lives. Conscience and will to understand  sin, fault and blame is going to be the next discussion on what not to read in a article like this.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

WRITING A BOOK THAT NO ONE WOULD READ

Authors often fear that the text they write with great labour, effort and determination must be frustrating? I once was advise that anything I ever wrote would be a sleeping pill for all humanity. Could anyone ever decide to spend all those comments and not feel overwhelmed.How can you make a reader get past even this paragraph without laying it aside.

I hope over the next few blog items to set a story of interest and collective moments of my life and work. Even that can make me consider the project for my own intrigue and wondering. The hope is to enlighten and inform you of the key notes of what is a journey of faith, grace and actions over a military career of forty plus years. I have worked with clergy and medical staff that have dealt with life both in crisis and joy. I have served many Chaplains who provided me with insight and example of men, women and families with a wide component of humanity situations.

It is always of interest to see what people both in assumed faith condition, do things and make comments you would never imagine. A simple example is the story of the how a mature clergy was sent to prison for gross misconduct, and vowed to never accept God's wonder, while in the same prison a self confession criminal had hundreds of fellow inmates sharing traditional religion with no formal training. The perplexing view was how could someone so bad be considered in faith, while a theologian turned his whole life away from a faith based nature,

Interesting opening and I hope that over the next few post to demonstrate the very reason anyone should read further.