My View from Work This Afternoon

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"She whom we love is no longer here. Tenderly and reverently we commit that which is mortal to the grave; the body returns to the earth from which it came and the spirit unto God who gave it. For even as we have borne the image of the earthly, we who die in Christ shall bear the image of the heavenly.
May the Lord receive her into his peace and raise her up at the last day.
Amen. "



This, is God. (John 21)

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Peter restored by Christ
Three times restored
Three times denied.

Publicly restored by Christ
Three times.


Previously Peter was brash arrogant. Seats in heaven, who's first.

After he was humbled, almost dead in Christ, he served well and powerfully all his days.

Oh the gentleness of God through Christ the restoration.

Not confrontational.
Not publicly embarrassing.
Not Manipulative.

Like God in the garden of Eden with sinning people hiding their nakedness.

God killed an animal and gave the skins for clothing.
Not to embarrass them. Or humble them more.
He was very aware of their sinful state and He took steps to not hurt them more.

Yes they still had the effects of their sin, but piling it on wasn't Gods thing.


This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:23–24


From station VE6VOR

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Tonight I talked with a man from Belarus. Then I talked with a man in Russia, who lives near the Ukrainian border, near the fighting.
I had a conversation with them on a radio station that I put together, using an antenna that I built from some wire and plastic and rope.
And my simple hundred watt signal bounced around the globe, until we connected.
On something I built.

Every time that happens it feels like I just invented the lightbulb or I discovered the cure to cancer.
To me it's amazing that that can ever happen.
And that I made it happen.

From Victor Echo Six Voice Of Randall



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Three Provinces, Four States, and 4600 kms in Two Weeks

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We took some holiday time and hit the road to connect with all our children and grandchildren in a fairly short time span. Some of the days, like the one pictured above, were a little intense and fairly dangerous as cars were sliding off the road left and right in the dangerous rain and wind. But otherwise, it was a very good trip.

It's so good to see the kids doing well. To watch them in their environment, living life, facing challenges, growing, adapting, even dealing with hurt and disappointment. It was really fun to spend time with them and to let them grow up in my mind.

I've come back with a sense of distance and maybe some sense of loss because we don't live closer and as such we can't develop deeper relationships. Maybe that's ok for now, but I'm not sure. I do know that it is what it is and we will all make the most of it.

It was fun hanging out with them and snooping through their communities. 

It was so good to see them, and it's so good to be home.
That's a good thing, right?




River Falls Movie Theatre

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So last night Lauralea and I went to see The Avengers, right downtown at the old town movie theatre.

Wow.

We were met by two well dressed ladies our age, who took our payment, $4.00 each for adults. Then one took our order for two medium sodas, cherry coke I might add, and a big bag of candy, all totaled three dollars.

We were at the early show and the place was mostly full for that showing.

The pre-movie commercials were from local establishments announcing their wares or, dental workmanship.

Very cool.
I'm told it's the cheapest theatre in the USA. And for us the evening was $11.00.
We figured that if we lived here we'd go to a lot more movies.

It was fun.