It is just seconds after take-off on a flight out of a growing metropolitan area when a new mother with infant watches her beloved homeland fade away. Her petite mom grows smaller on the tarmac; but the beige scarf she holds can still be seen fluttering in a fervent wave.
Alone on an empty row with her sweet baby son nestled in her arms, tears begin to flow in a slow, feverish descent. The outpouring quickens, trampling down her face as uncontrollable sobs shake her small frame.
This woman is me and I’ve clearly lost my place.
“Is everything all right? What can I do to help?” the kind United co-pilot kneeling in the aisle beside me asks.
“I-I’m m-mov-ing t-to Can-Can-a-da” I stutter while sobbing.
The Outdoor Service will include music, prayers, and readings from scripture, as well as the blessing of each animal that attends.
All animals should be brought in carriers or on leashes.
Sunday, August 7th, 2016 at 2 p.m
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
7921 St. Stephen Road (off Mt Newton X Road)
The Queen’s 90th birthday will be one of the highlights of 2016.
There are celebrations around both her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday on June 11.
To mark the occasion, The Telegraph has created this video of moments from every year of her life from 1926.
God ’s Presence © by Diane Raborn
It is always thrilling to feel the presence of God. There are few things that can rival the incredible joy of a moment filled with the surety that God has captured our complete attention. Indescribably invading our senses we are left stunned.
This must be one of the reasons we observe the mighty fight of faith ongoing in faraway, dangerous regions. These Christ-followers seem to hold on without wavering. And the faithful know whom they are following, why they are following and where they are going. There is no agenda to their belief system other than to walk with the Lord, their Savior and most trusted friend, on life’s everyday path. Glorious glimpses of God have invaded in such fullness that turning away is unthinkable. They pray and have courage. We should too.
Our nagging doubts, which pervade everyday thoughts, have a unique ability. They are able to lead us to remembrances of times past when God touched us, thereby offering a rekindling of Spirit and resolve. If repressed, forgotten and agreed upon nagging doubts win by illusion. Reflecting upon those treasured ‘Holy Spirit moments’ diffuse doubts and encourage faith, often resulting in stories to be passed along throughout the generations.
One such story is embroidered on my heart.