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Advent is a time of waiting. Waiting for Jesus to come. We are not used to waiting for much anymore. Communication is instant; when is the last time you waited for a letter to cross the ocean on a boat so you could hear from a loved one? How many of you have only read about that in books?
We talk about food as instant (instant oatmeal, instant coffee) or at least fast. When is the last time you had to wait for someone to butcher an animal and roast it over an open fire before you ate? Again, how many of us have only experienced that in a book or movie? Read more
We are done! We did it! We dipped our front tires ceremonially in the Atlantic Ocean about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. It is not like we hadn’t seen the Atlantic yet…we saw the effects of ocean tide in the St Lawrence before Quebec City already. We followed the seashore from halfway down New Brunswick, and crossed ocean water into PEI and on the ferry out. And then on our last day we were teased with views of the ocean at least 20 km before we hit the beach…over and over again. We waited 9 km from the beach for everyone to arrive so we could end together and the final 3 km were done with a police escort. It was very emotional to see all the family and friends waving and cheering as we came in.
About three days into the ride, I was not sure we could do this. I knew we could do the biking – that had gone very well. I wondered if we could come up with a different word rhyming with Pa, Kra and Fah for each blog. But in the end my family came through and Pa and Kra biked fah to be greeted by Ma, Oma, Sarah, Hannah and Noah (last three are my nieces and grand-nephew). Seeing beloved family reminded me that a big piece of poverty is a lack of healthy relationships and that we are rich in that area. And we appreciate all the more that which we have after giving it up for a while. Read more