Today was a great day for walking, not too hot or too cold. It was good to be joined by some old friends from Hartland, Nancy and Ernest Clarke, as well as a new friend, the Rev. Chris Bennett, who amongst other things is chaplain to the UNB Varsity Reds men's hockey team. He shared some aspects of his ministry with us in the Edwin Jacob chapel in Sir Howard Douglas Hall. It is clearly a sacred space and the pews tell remarkable stories, having been "engraved" by generations of students.
Our morning walk was from St. Peter's, along the river. It is remarkable how many people use that trail. There was a constant flow and an older gentleman put us all to shame by jogging past us at least three times. We also took time to visit the Fredericton Botanic Garden in Odell Park. The work undertaken there largely by volunteers is a joy to behold. Midday prayers were in St. Anne's Chapel, followed by lunch on the lawn.
This evening I have just re-read the interview which Gisele McKnight did with Bishop Lemmon a few years ago. It is well worth a read to go over George's story in his own words. He shares what were his hopes for our diocese and I think the issues he raises have been amplified now.
George's death has brought home to me that time is passing. We are in a period of many changes and there is a continuing need to grasp hold of what is to come. In many ways we see batons being handed on. Can we let go so that others can run with them?