Today was a very good day. After breakfast we began with two tremendous acts of worship in Hampton. David Turner (the Rector) came up with a really interesting way of doing the sermon. We did something called David and the Bishop Talk About the Bible. We sat side by side at the front of the church and talked about the Gospel passage for the day. After we had chatted for a while it was thrown open to the congregation for comments and questions. A challenging yet enjoyable way to open the scriptures.
This afternoon we did two walks. The first was around the trails of Hampton. I gained a whole new perspective on the town. Then it was off to Hammond River to meet, among others, Jim Wilson. What a privilege to walk through the woods with him; his knowledge is extensive. He pointed out different types of trees to us. We walked by the river which was beautiful and still. Towards the end of our time Jim was able to call birds to us. They swarmed in the trees above.
Then it was back to the Wilson’s home where Jean had prepared a beautiful Thanksgiving meal for ten of us. There was a great choice of pies. After eating our fill, in great New Brunswick tradition we sat around the table telling stories. That is one reason why this blog is a little late tonight.
Whilst at Hampton this morning I met someone who I last met in the Spring, while I was flying home from Toronto. He and his wife were returning from vacation because he had been taken ill. As I was leaving the aircraft I was asked to pray for this man. I was glad to see him looking so well and at peace. God works in our lives in many and varied ways. Bringing people across our path apparently randomly, yet somehow it fits his purpose.
This morning I was able to give thanks that earlier in the year God gave me the privilege to pray. It challenges me to always be ready when opportunities are put in my way.