Wednesday, July 5, 2017

You Can't Change History

It was interesting to note this year the number of people who wanted to focus on some of the more unsavory aspects of our past.  And there are certainly any number of things that happened during the past 150 years that our country can’t be proud of, but I have never been able to figure out how today’s generation can apologize for what another generation has done.
Here is the reality, without Canada’s history, both the good and the bad, none of us would be here.  Oh, somebody would be here, but it’s very doubtful it would be us. 
So, remember each of us are where we are today because of choices that others made 150 years ago, choices of where they would live and who they would marry.
We are all the result of choices made by ourselves as well as choices made by others.   And we can't change the choices that were made yesterday, but we can determine to make good choices today.
In the same way, we can’t change how our indigenous people were treated yesterday but we can change how they will be treated today and tomorrow.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Alive!

“My son was dead, but now he is alive.”  You might know the words from the father in the story of the Prodigal Son, but they were spoken more recently.   This storey began on May 6th when 82 year old Frank J. Kerrigan received the call that every parent dreads, even at 82.  The call was from the County Riverside County Sheriff’s Department requesting that he contact the Orange County Coroner.

It was the coroner’s office that told Mr. Kerrigan that his 57 year old homeless son had been found dead in an alley, and they assured Kerrigan that he didn’t have to id his son, that he had already been identified with fingerprints.

6 days later Frank Jr. was laid to rest next to his mother.  The family had spent $20,000.00 on what was described as a “Beautiful ceremony”. 

And then on May 23 Frank Sr. received a call telling him his son was alive, a mistake had been made in the identification.

Carole Meikle, Frank Jr.’s sister, summed it up when she said “We lived through our worst fear, he was dead on the sidewalk. We buried him. Those feelings don’t go away.”

Every one of us will die, that’s life.  But Jesus offers us a promise of eternal life, with no mistakes.


Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Right Place, Wrong time


As I headed for the bathroom to get ready for the day my mind went to my message, and it went blank.   I couldn’t remember what I was supposed to be preaching on.  And then I remembered, and my next thought was “I just preached that, yesterday.”  It was then I realized that it was Monday, not 10 minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off but 2 hours before my alarm was supposed to go off.

Sometimes we can be at the right place at the wrong time, or sometimes the right time and the wrong place. 

The trick is to be in the right place at the right time, which means to be where God wants you to be when He wants you to be there.   And you won’t know the where and the when unless you’re in communication with God.  Are you talking to Him?  That’s called prayer.  Are you listening to Him? That happens by reading His word. 


Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.