…and the livin’ is easy…

Today has been a truly great day. It started with a long (ridiculously hot but ultimately satisfying) walk with Koski. Then my Mom and I took off together to explore “the county” (Prince Edward County, south of Belleville). We visited my favorite store in Bloomfield where I bought earrings and a ring (a vacation tradition), we shared a great lunch, wandered through pretty shops and drove through gorgeous countryside. We got home right at dinner time and had another fabulous farmhouse meal with my Dad and brother (grilled eggplant and zucchini, fresh green salad with choose-your-own-toppings, grilled chicken breast and a nice rosé).

As if all that wasn’t reason enough to be giving thanks to the Giver of All Good Gifts, I received word this evening that all went well at the Presbytery of Brampton this evening as they processed the call to the Rev. Geoff Ross for Lead Minister at St. A’s. This has been a long (though ultimately Spirit-filled and therefore beautiful) process. And I have to admit I have felt like I had my mouth taped shut (or my fingers glued together) when it comes to discussing it on my blog. I have wanted to log about so many different aspects and moments of the process. But to respect confidentiality, I have said nothing. Now as we move into the real “home stretch” of the process (all that is left is for Geoff’s Presbytery to approve the call and St. A’s to induct him), I am finally feeling free to write about it.

I guess what I most want to express is my sense of excitement when I think about this next phase in the ministry to which God has called all of us at St. A’s. I feel like God is up to something big, and I feel blessed to be part of it. I cannot wait to work with Geoff and to see what God will do as we work together in team ministry.

On that long hot walk this morning I listened to Matt Chandler’s book “The Explicit Gospel.” I was listening to a portion of the book in which Chandler does an impressive job of describing God’s greatness and why God deserves our worship. Chandler writes that it all belongs to God, every good thing is a gift straight from the Father’s hands. He writes that we don’t really do a good enough job in thanking God for all the good things in our every day. He states that we are quick to exclaim about the tragedy of a bridge collapsing (and there is nothing wrong with being moved by a tragedy), but we should be walking around amazed and thankful for all the bridges that have not collapsed.

As I listened and kept one foot moving in front of the other, I was reminded about how much I need to give thanks. After a great day like this, I am feeling the need to simply say: thank you, God, thank you.

Small blessings…

The other morning I woke up to find that the furnace in my house was not heating. It was COLD in my house.

Koski and I went out for our walk and when we got home, it hadn’t warmed up at all. So we called the furnace company. They promised to send a tech over between 10am and 2pm and I sat down to wait.

It was a long wait…and I got so cold I was in pain. It got me thinking. I am so blessed to have something as seemingly simple as a warm house. I don’t think about it most of the time. I just come in from outside and the heat is here. If I am cold, I turn the heat up. If I am warm, I turn the heat down. The furnace responds to the thermostat and most of the time I don’t even notice it coming on.

For some of our foodbank clients and for many others in the city of Brampton, that is not the case. Maybe they don’t have a house to live in, maybe they are constantly on the verge of losing their home, or maybe they are constantly worried about whether they will be able to pay the heat bill.

Sometimes I just need to stop and be thankful for the things that are easy to miss. The things that I find it easy to take for granted.

It turned out that the problem with the furnace was a small part that was easily replaced. An hour later I was back to being warm and comfortable in my house. And because the church has a service contract with the furnace company, it didn’t cost anything extra.

I have so very much for which to give thanks.