So things are ramping up. You know how it is—work, friends, hobbies—it's the summer, sure, but you still gotta get things done. I've been watching my wife Karen, who is a vice-principal at a local elementary school (and she teaches too!) and although the school year is almost done … things are ramping up.
And I can feel it, you know? The corticosteroids and adrenaline are surging through the body and sleep is hard to come by. And the answer to every request is, "I'm really busy." "Busy, busy, busy."
But then something puts it all this activity into perspective. For me, it was Gordon and Mary-Lou's wedding. Both are widowers, and through common interests—and the Church—found each other, found a way to bring their families together, found a way to weave their pasts into a future. Their plan was for a Tuesday wedding, with a potluck reception for all their friends and family: Invite 'em all! And it was truly a joyous wedding ceremony.
What looms over this fairy tale-like story is cancer but despite the dread that cancer poses (as well as the pain, and anxiety), they got married anyway. And, if I do say so myself, it was a beautiful ceremony, topped by an amazing reception. The words of St. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13 (even though we didn't read it, for once) rang clear as a bell: "LOVE NEVER ENDS."
So, if love keeps things in perspective then so what if things are ramping up? For me, it's a privilege to be a minister to the amazing people of the historic South Gower and Mountain townships. And hey, I'm going to be installed at the last Chair of Seaway Valley Presbytery on June 14; plus I'm the Grand Chaplain of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario; and I'm Karen's partner and confidant; and I'm Emma and Mal's dad with the endless pockets (ha ha).
Prayer also helps keep things in perspective. If weren't for prayer: mine and others for me, I don't know if I could do all of these things, take on all these roles. But I saw the joy and love in Gordon and Mary-Lou's eyes, and the love their family and friends had for them, and I knew it … I knew it … that when we have love, why we can dare anything—even marriage!
So let the ramp keep ramping up! I am blessed in the responsibilities that are mine and feel very humbled that so many have entrusted me with so much. And I beg God that I do not let them down. So, as I have learned, I'll keep on keeping on. And I hope you do too!
Therefore, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight,
and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance
the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus,
the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12: 1-2