Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I call this technologies finest moment because the picture was shot by digital camera, downloaded to P.C., uploaded via sattelite to my email in Mississauga. You gotta love technology! I experienced this picture only moments after it occurred. Its a small and beautiful world.
THEY'RE THE ONES WITH BLACK BEAKS ... AND YELLOW TAGS
Appearance: Trumpeter swans have snowy white feathers and black beaks.
Lifespan: In captivity, up to 24 years; in the wild, 17 years
Wingspan: 2 metres
Weight: 10 to 12 kilograms
Eggs: About 11 centimetres long
Love life: Trumpeters tend to mate for life but may separate and mate with others.
Hardiness: Trumpeter swans adapt well to cold temperatures – their down can be 5 cm thick. They are able to tolerate extreme cold, even —30 C, as long as they have adequate food and open water in which to feed and bathe.
Nests: Trumpeter nesting season is about to begin. Built in wetlands, their nests are more than 1.5 metres in width and are often well hidden.
Tags: Scientists rely on public sightings of swans for their studies. If you see a trumpeter swan – many have bright yellow tags – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily I come across stories and situations that are truly heart breaking .. Yesterday one of our Sponsored kids stopped by for a visit while she was in town looking at schools.. she had a friend with her.... This young girl looked like she had it all together..... she was dressed well, and looked healthy, and was very bright ... As I served Tea, she causally started eating everything on the table... It was like the commercial we have in Canada... when the lady asks for another cookie, and she is told ..."help yourself" so she puts the whole bag in her purse... I started putting more and more out and as fast as I made it she ate it... I started enquiring about her.. in the last three years, she has lost her mother father, her sister, and her grandmother... all that is left is her and her 75 year old grandfather... they don't have much.. they live on his pension from being a police officer which is a little more then most... $35 a month..... Now she was not asking for help and she did not seem to be expecting help... that was just the way life is for her.... she had not eaten for three days, and that did not seem to be anything horrible for her... that's just the way it is....
This morning Dr Tatyana arrived with a friend .. Again the friend looked like life was good.. she was dressed well. ( which I have learned can mean nothing here ) Dr Tatyana began to share... This Ladies husband has just died leaving her with 3 young children. The custom is that the wife is to go to the mountains for 30 days to morn.... this was just enough time for the husbands family to raid the house and take everything... including the family car... what is worse is that they have some how managed to steel the deed for the house as well and are now selling it too... she was left with 3 kids and nothing... Dr Tatyana was able to intervene and got most of her things back, but does not think she will be able to keep the house... she has until fall then the house will be sold.... In my mind I was imagining all the things she might be preparing to ask for... But no they just stopped bye to let me know that they had just run into my Babushka neighbour, and she has just knit a dozen pair of slippers for the kids at the orphanage, and wanted me to stop around to pick them up....
One thing that I have spoken about is that HOPE is not always possible ... it may even be a western concept.... Many of the people we run into here in Kyrgyzstan don't HOPE for better, because they do not know that anything better is obtainable..... just about every person you run into in a day here has a storey that we would make a movie about in the West...
In the last month I have not used a translator very much, so it has forced me to start learning the language, I always said that I wanted to be able to sit down and talk to some of the caractors in this play, and now that I am starting to understand better, it is exposing me to the pain behind the face....
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"big red in the tub" © copyright 2005 Patti Rainbow
Monday, April 27, 2009
OK fine, the suspense is killing me! My favourite artist hands down is none other than Patti Rainbow and on an upcoming post I will tell you why.
Hey I just remembered a turtle story. One of my friends dropped a turtle off for me. They had found it on the side of the road near another turtle that had been run over by a car. They thought that since I had a garden pond, that the turtle would be safer with me. So I introduced the turtle to my pond. Within 30 minutes, headless fish started floating around my pond. I was upset because I had been raising these goldfish for several seasons. I dont know what I was thinking. So, I dropped the water level and moved Mr Turtle over to the other pond that did not contain my fish. I figured I could go and get feeder goldfish and feed him one a day. Well, several hours later I was asked to go to the corner store. Who should I see, stomping down the side of the road was Mr. Turtle. At this point he was a good 1/4 to half mile from my house. He looked angry and gave me a sneer. The creek was just up ahead so I decided to let him be. We shouldnt have messed with him in the first place!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Anyway, this is a Native American Code of Ethics. I have decided that I too must follow these ways..............
Native American Code of Ethics
from m. karl king
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone, pray often.
2.Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
3.Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not let others make your path for you. It is your road...others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, treat them with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon this Earth - whether it be people, plant, animal.
7. Honour other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another nor mock them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad way.
9.All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11.Nature is not for us ...it is part of us.
12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with life lessons and wisdom. When they grow, give them space.
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Your mind, emotion and physical self all need to be strong and healthy.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Here is a picture I took (with permission) of religious ceremony items. While I was mesmerized as the Elder explained the significance of these objects, I completely forgot the significance or stories behind each item. I am only now really starting to put the pieces together.
Here are some things I remember. It was explained that the Anishinabek did not actually have a flag, but that the 7 colours on the left like their flag. Each color has significance which were explained to us. Now that I have studyed a bit, I think that the flags on the left are the "seven grandfathers" Each colour representing each virtue. He also told us that these flags were Like our 10 commandments. I also learned that these flags will be placed at certain sacred or spiritually significant locations or sites. Once I learned that, I have kept my eyes peeled and seen much evidence of past cermonies in other spots. This is important for me to be aware of so that I may respect that which was before me.
He told us that the rock was his grandfather. I didnt quite understand that then. I think I do now. Grandfather is a much bigger, deeper word than just my dads dad or my moms dad. Grandfather I beleive is the collective wisdom and love of the forfathers or ancestors. When one honours the grandfather rock, one in a sense honors ones history and wisdom and past culture and past unity. It is a very important symbol of respect for ancestoral past.
Of course we see tobacco in the picture. He told us that we needed to leave a pinch of tobacco at spiritually or personally significant locations. For example, he said as we hike through the wilderness, there are places that give us peace, or joy, or have historical cultural significance. For example he told us that when we behold the beauty of creation, we must honour the creator. A gift of tobacco is a cultural gift of thanksgiving. It is very important for us to always be thankful and gracious. Leaving a pinch of tobacco on a rock or log, or giving a pinch of tobacco to a friend or acquaintance signifies ones own thankfulness. As I read old legends of Nanabush, I noticed that whenever people pass by particular locations, they leave a pinch for Nanabush. At first I was afraid of following anothers tradition for fear of my own relationship with the God that I know from childhood. Yet as I came to realize that this is the same God, I suddenly felt a whole lot better. I do have a ceremonial tobacco pouch now and I intend to use it in the manner in which it was explained and perscribed. I am fully confident that God will accept my gift, not because it is tobacco, or because I am following a ritual or custom, but because it is a gift from my heart in an expression of thanksgiving. My God does not demand of me gifts like this. He demands my heart. He does not demand of me tributes like this, but I do believe He is pleased with a thankful and joyous heart who understands His magnificance and glory.
If you can help me understand or know more about these things, I invite and request your help. Also, If you know the siginifance of some of the other items in the picture I would love to hear.
Lord God, help me to maintain a clean heart and a clean love for You. Lord God help me not fall into the trappings of ritual, yet allow me to use my and my brothers culture and tradition to honor You. Help me to understand clearly Your Word to me and help me Lord God live that life. All honour and praise and glory are Yours alone magnificent creator. With much love and respect I say Meegwetch Gitchi Manito for You are above all.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
To cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom.Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.
To know Love is to know peace.Love must be unconditional. When people are weak they need love the most.
Respect is to honor all creation.
Bravery is to face the foe with integrity.
Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave.Always be honest in word and action.
Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation.In the Anishinaabe language, this word can also mean "compassion."
Truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Here is a JOHN PRINE tune called Grampa Was a Carpenter. My band, Wanker Deluxe has done this favourite for years. Despite that, I still forgot the words...go figure.
check out this story about John Prine and how he "copyrights" his music. This a story of what John did when he found someone had stolen lyrics from his song and claimed them as their own...great story here.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I’m forgiven because You were forsaken.
I’m accepted. You were condemned.
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again.
Amazing love, how can it be
That you, my King would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it’s true:
It’s my joy to honor you.
In all I do I honor You.
You are my King.
You are my King.
Jesus, You are my King.
Jesus, You are my King.
used without permission but our church does subcribe and pay CCLI for song usage AND, I doubt anyone is ever gonna pay me any money for this video, nor do very many people even look at this blogspot. I scared most people off a long time ago!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Why not? dont you want to know Gods Word?
I dont need to know.
I beleive and have faith in Him.
But, Dont you want to know if you are doing something wrong?
No, Thats why I married you.
How can you put your faith in me?
I dont, I put my faith in God, that you would lead me. Thats just the way it is.
Since when is it my responsibility?
Read your bible.
While I wrestle with scripture, she just accepts it.
She says God made her, directs her path, she loves Him, she accepts Christ. She wants to serve Him by serving others, and she delights in His return. She has confessed her faith before others, been baptised by submersion. She prays and trusts...what the heck else do I want from her?
She doesnt care or want to know about all the nuance of scripture. It causes a certain unknown uneasiness. Its easy to simply accept a traditional point of view and chalk it up to peace, love and obedience. In many ways it can be liberating because one can then go about their way with a certian freedom that comes with "definition" and rules.
I cant really argue with her. She doesnt want a complicated faith. She wants to know what the rules are so she can live properly. When Jesus said "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself", she said thanks and proceeded to live a Godly life. Whats with that? How does she know? She just seems to know. How can it be that easy?
I lived a great deal of my life beleiving this way. Having faith in the structures and the interpretations and the creeds and the values of the evangelical christian faith and church. I trusted that those before me were learned and inciteful and inspired. Accepting this unity, again is liberating and allows one to follow a united mission.
Yet in the back of my mind, in ever growing dimensions, is a nagging thought that the pieces are not fitting. I begin to question my definition of "church" and my definition of "faith".
Through this I have a very big resonsibility. I have a wife who relies on my leadership. Am I to take her to unknown grounds? Am I to shake her foundations? In our relationship and in our home, it is my responsibility to lead her in these matters. It would be better for me to tie a millstone around my neck and jump into Guelph Lake than to lead her a stray. So which path leads us astray and which path leads us closer? Do I travel a path and come back and get her, or do I simply take the path that many have taken before me.
Stay tuned fpr part 34685473762610 of the story....
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Also....Brenda...I want to send you one of these turtles. I have been trying to figure out how I can send you something while still protecting your right to privacy and safety. I am trying to remember the name of the place where you sent your freind to pickup the gift bible. I am pretty sure it is in the town you were in when we first met. When I remember, I am going to send it there. I will let you know.
Oh ya and Patti..........
I need more turtles!!!!!
There is a part of the Apostles Creed where I stop talking.
I do not take part in the recital of these words
"He decended into hell"
Here is the Creed that we are expected to say in unison with full unity
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
I have chosen to simply say in my head...."I love You Lord" while the others talk about Him descending into hell. It makes me feel like I am a rebel when I refuse to take part in that which I dont beleive. Yet, in the interest of peace, I say " I love you Lord" in my head, rather than shouting and drowning out the others while they rebuild history.
I have been debating with another freind of mine for the last several years regarding a few faith issues. These are VERY unpopular beleifs. We debate this ONLY in private as each of us is afraid or uncomfortable with the thought of incorrectly influencing others. In fact, I have never mentioned some of my deep thoughts that run contrary to Christian popular beleif. I dont dare write about it because my mom and brother and family and freinds all read my blog. oh oh...now I just made for a small family scandal...teehee
My freind Ron and I have a freindship that allows us to share and work through our beleifs, free from judgement or scorn. The result of our debates is that we have each comfortably adopted some of each others positions. As I began to work through the reconcilliation process, weighing it against the Word and what I feel, I have actually found that his position gave me a better reconciliation success rate. Though we remain opposite on some issues, I am amazed where this has led. He makes me so angry sometimes I could scream, yet he has brought me to such greater heights of understanding that I could hug him.
It has taken me 5 years, (or should I say 30 years) to alter some of my beleifs. 5 years of thought. 5 years of debate. 5 years of us working through each angle and implication. You go so far and then you hit a road block. You back up and try a slightly differant path and maybe make it further until the next hurdle..the next raod block. Some might say...what does it really matter? Why not just accept what we have been told?
Double R,...how long have you gently steered me to this place of new understanding? You never thumped or hit me over the head. You simply placed the hints, showed the reference and gave me time....lots of time. You knew the truth would reveal itself to me, because the truth is the truth.
You are always welcome here regardless of your opinion. The reason that is, is because you are always very respectful of me and my guests and our opinions. Just as you appreciate the opportunity to express yourself in anonimity, I appreciate your gentle guidance and point of view.
What shift? What understanding?
Let me back up a bit. I have lived my Christian life being told, believing and understanding that if one did not believe in Christ, then one is going to Hell. I have always, and still do believe that there is no way to heaven without Christ. BUT, that does not mean that if you do not believe in Christ right NOW then you are going to Hell. Sounds strange? Let me explain…
My studies of the Word and inner whispering tell me there will be a final judgment day or judgment time in which all people will have the opportunity to accept or reject. I no longer believe that the judgment time is now.
To my sister in Christ, I say, though your mother has not accepted Christ right now, there will be a time in which she “stands” before Him. Who do you think she will choose? I know her. You know her better. We both know the choice she will make.
To me, who’s son is confused about many religious things, and chooses instead to seek his own way, I say….There will come a time where he will have to reconcile this with God. The time is not necessarily now. The time will be when God decides. My son will have an opportunity to make an informed choice. I know in my heart what choice he will make.
So I now have to say….what about the “here and the now”. I need to tell you that my faith in God and Jesus Christ has helped me immensely here and now. It has filled me with purpose and mission. I have defined myself today, by who or what I believe God wants me to be. It just so happens that I, like others, have then mixed in a whole bunch of humanity cultural stuff that must make God “shake His head”. There will be a time when I, me, don will have to account before God. On that day, I hope and pray and believe with a blessed assurance that I will know Him and He will know me. I will accept Him just as I do today, except at that time I will be free from my humanity and culture.
So what about those who do not believe Now, even though they have been told. Is that not rejection? It may seem like rejection NOW, but NOW is not judgment time.
What they miss right now is the wonderful relationship that they can have with Christ.
The significance to me is that I can rejoice in and with all my brothers and sisters around the world from all religions and cultures. As I mentioned, I have met Godly people from ALL religions.
When I stop and consider the prophesy regarding the New Covenant I now believe it is yet to be fulfilled.
"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Thus says the LORD”
Is this a fulfilled prophesy? I think not. I think this prophesy is yet to be fulfilled. What do you think? Is this a fulfilled prophesy?...read carefully.
I realize that for many, this is all quite head trippy. I think that if you stop and ask yourself about the fulfillment of this prophesy, you too may end up at the place I am….. Completely reliant on Gods grace. Stop and ponder this and tell me if you agree with this comment and interpretation. Stop and ponder..what does this mean to me and my understanding?
"You may not fully appreciate it yet but this is a huge shift in basic understanding."
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tee hee...imagine finding such joy in reading a book called "Judahs Scepter and Josephs Birthright: An Analysis of the Prophesies of the Scripture in Regard to The Royal Family of Judah and the Many Nations of Israel"
What have I become???? teehee I dont know yet.
"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: "If this fixed order departs From before Me," declares the LORD, "Then the offspring of Israel also will cease From being a nation before Me forever."