Little by little things are settling into a new groove and the neighbours are taking full advantage of fine weather (Today I heard I don’t know how many lawnmowers, roto-tillers, hedgetrimmers, whipper-snippers, etc.
I’d say 2020 is going to be a blue ribbon year in terms of French gardens if things keep up. But enough about that… here are…
- Sunny Day: I was speaking with mom in Canada earlier today and guess-timating the temperature to be in the vacinity of 16˚C (60˚F). Boy was I wrong! I checked after hanging up and it was actually 22˚C (72˚F). I can’t even tell you how nice that was… two days in a row of sun and warmer temps.
- Neighbour-blessings: I’ve mentioned it before on the blog, but since it’s happened again, several times this week, I thought it bore repeating. We have great neighbours. Monsieur Pelletier gave us a handful of beets, freshly picked from his over-wintered garden. Monsieur Épin has gave us two heads of freshly cut lettuce (Mild winters make for a number of overwintering varieties). Finally, neighbour Talbot put several young mimosa trees on our side of the gate. Below are some mimosa flowers they gave us earlier this spring… now we’ll have trees of our own (although I’ll put a few down at the church… five would be a bit much for our yard).
- Deuteronomy 6.20-23: 20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you? 21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: 22 And the Lord shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: 23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
This was part of today’s reading in Deuteronomy which, if I were to paraphrase verse 20, would say “When your child (or someone else) asks why we serve God? … Why do we do what we do?”, Moses gave a 3-fold answer:
- We were enslaved in Egypt… he set us free (v.21).
- We saw his power manifested through signs and wonders (v.22).
- He did all that because he was taking us to a place promised long ago (v.23).
If I’m thankful today, it’s because God did / is in the process of doing the same thing for me, for us:
- He set me free from chains of bondage – I’m no longer subject to the whims of my sinful nature…. he’s forgiven me and helps me to live above it.
- That work of salvation was accompanied by a miracle… something inexplicable… something that didn’t depend on me: He filled me with the Holy Spirit, accompanied with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (Acts. 2.4).
- He did that because he wants to take me to a place promised long ago… heaven.
If God is faithful enough to take the children of Israel into a place he’d promised generations ago, and if he’s faithful enough to have begun that process in my life… then he’s able to see us through the threat of Coronavirus.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Once again…. we’re in good hands!
Looking for some good reading while your other activities are limited? Read about butchering Spring lamb for sale at the Moncton City Market, from my grandfather’s journal.