Sunday, June 29, 2014
This Amazing Journey of Life/MANN
Ted Decker talks about his early life on the mission field in Indonesia. Friend Louise shares about her childhood in British West Indies. The woman next to me at the craft show speaks about being born and raised in Jerusalem. Each of these folks celebrate who they are in their space. And I add my few notes: I was born and raised on a farm, moved up the road after marriage and lived the first forty years of my life at a R. R. # 2 rural route address.This doesn’t quite compare with the adventure of the first three, and yet each memory proves sufficient.
I find some similarities to this illustration in our writing world. I see Sandra Orchard’s list of accomplishments, Linda Hall’s impressive covers and Jan Cox’s creative art, each celebrating who they are in their own right. I remember sitting in Jean Little’s living room many years ago and looking at her collection of books with the words, Jean Little, written down the spine. And I thought, some time, me too. Today, I look at my bookshelf and think, ‘well done – you have contributed in different ways’. More recently, I read where Alice Munro has retired from writing. How can one totally do that? We learn from those who have gone before, or lovingly walk with us, don’t we?
Last week, I saw the obituary of Dr. Margaret Mahoney from Toronto. “One of two women in her program (DDS) at University of Toronto in 1944.” I graduated from UofT in 1982 and I too remember being one of two women in some subjects in my program toward ordination. Now, after my doctorate and serving as adjunct professor in Women’s Study of a conservative seminary, I may be the only ordained woman. What would we do without those who go before us and forge the way?
It is good to look at where God leads people, to celebrate the gifts God gives them and to acknowledge opportunities placed on their path of life. It is exciting to reflect on how one part of our life fits with another and we realize God has crafted an amazing journey.
At times, this has taken me into trouble zones, from losing friends to tripping on other people’s interpretation of my words and actions. An important part of my life’s walk has been and continues to promote women’s equal place with men in the leadership of the church and to see how God honours
Watch for the sign-posts. The directions can be very interesting.
Agnes Macphail series: (Brucedale Press/Pt. Elgin)
A Rare Find: (Castle Quay Books Canada)
Take Time To Make Memories (Manna Publications)
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