Today I had an experience I have never had before. The day dawned foggy and misty on Grand Manan. After a lovely breakfast and Morning Prayer we said goodbye to the folks on the island and made our way to the wharf at North Head. There was little wind so we motored across the bay rather than sailed. The ocean was virtually flat calm, with a little swell at the middle of the journey. Suddenly I knew that my oatmeal and toast was not going to stay in my stomach. I guess there is a first time for everything. The good news is there are no photographs.
When we arrived in Campobello, as predicted the fog lifted and the sun broke through. As I write this evening it is a glorious time of the day, with the sun glinting off the water across the street from the Rectory. One interesting thing about this island is that there is no Rogers cell phone service, hence no Internet or wifi for me. If you are reading this on Saturday evening, it is because I have followed local advice and sat outside the library to hook into the free wireless there or failing that one of the motels to do the same.
This afternoon it was a great privilege for me to celebrate my first Home Communion for over three years. Bob Smith, the Interim Minister here, asked if I would visit Alice with him to give her the sacrament. She is the oldest parishioner in the congregation, though at 97 she does not get to church anymore. What a great lady, her mind is as sharp as a tack. It was marvellous to be able to minister to such a faithful follower of Jesus.
Alice reminded me that in this Christian life we are to take the long view. God calls us to faithfulness and to use the opportunities he gives us in the different seasons of our lives. It is very easy to be downhearted about the things we can no longer do or the actions we wish we had taken. There is nothing we can do about that now. We need to realize that today is the day for action. What is God asking of us now and how has he equipped us for the task? I have to stop regretting what might have been and wishing for what might be. Rather I have to discover what is and how I can be faithful in it.
I trust you will have a blessed Resurrection Day tomorrow.
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