Johanna's safe

Friday, June 21, 2002

Today Johanna, my 14 year old daughter, was hit by a car on her way to school.

She prepared to leave for her bike ride to Riverside for her afternoon exam, and I was thinking of her and all that was ahead of her. This is her last year in Jr. High, next fall she starts at highschool. As she went out the door she called out "Bye" and I replied "Bye, I'm praying for you" and off she went. I stopped eating my lunch and called her name out to God silently. I asked for his blessing for her, for a clear head as she wrote the exam, for his hand of protection, and asking that he simply go with her into the day and her life. The kinda things I pray for my kids when they have a tough one ahead.

I left for the office, but before I got there my cell rang, with the news from Lauralea, Johanna had been hit while crossing a street on a walk light.

The driver was turning right on a red light, and, as we do, looked left to check the oncoming traffic. It was clear so he began to accelerate and turn right. Johanna thought he saw her as he had slowed down, so she proceeded through the intersection. She was probably in his blind spot, so the bumper connected with her thigh and pushed her over on her side. He was able to stop, so the tires didn't reach her.

When I caught up with her, she could hardly walk, her new jeans and the top she had just made were torn.

We went to the Dr. and he reported no broken bones. Just some very bad bruising and some cuts and scrapes on her leg and stomach.

It was a very emotional and exhausting day. I'm so glad it's done, and I'm so glad she's still here.

"Thank you father for one more day to live and breathe and love."


Just thanks

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

yu know, days go by where you don't think you make any difference in the world, or people's lives, and then I go and experience a day like today.

Thanks Jesus.


At board meetings

Sunday, June 02, 2002

whoa, so a week slips by and suddenly it's Sunday again!

Well, I have excuses. Last week I was working like a crazy person to try to get everything done before Thursday. Thursday I was off to Strathmore Alberta, just east of Calgary, for the Covenant Bible College Board of Directors meeting. I was elected to the board at the annual meeting in April, so this was my first meeting.

Because I love my wife and family, I rented a car for the trip, (Turned out to be lots less than flying out for the three days) and left them the van. Well the car was a new, very red, Grand Am with 444 kms on it. Very cool. There were parts of me waking up that haven't been active since I was a teen who cruised 8th street in Saskatoon!

And, as long as I'm on the deal, what's with the cops pulling over a red Grand Am, but you can run a tired, Voyager Van and they never stop you? These are the deep questions of life.

I had a good time at the meetings. We got alot done,and God is at work.

God has been expanding the school rapidly over the past few years. We now have one school, with three campus sites. The struggle is to ride the wave of what God is doing, and to transition to the next wave of His activity, without loosing momentum.

Anyway, I think I'm going to love it.

and this morning was great too. God showed up in church in cool ways.

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