This Saturday morning, January 28 I set out, not quite “bright and early” but [cloudy] bright [skies of winte] and at an hour that was just slightly before the Lebanese green grocer on Avenue de Parc opened.  I set out with good intentions to make myself a Saturday-style good breakfast.  That meant finding a dozen eggs, and, you know, when I go out, I always like to accomplish two things, so…[productivity boost]…I had done a major closet cleaning three weeks ago and then left the culled clothes obstructing the closet space and our best clothes basket.  This would be the morning the odd assortment of clothes is released from my hoarding ownership.

The eggs accomplished, I dressed for another sure-way-to-make-it-a-good-Saturday….and here I am writing a Saturday morning blog, now in the Old Port of Montreal and at my favourite winter place,  the skating rink.  Pieces falling into place….I see the skating regular who recommended “L’artiste du patin” to me [see my blog on that – when it comes out there would be a link HERE]….On the ice and, may God be praised, there is not only excellent ice and few people, there’s this guy, Chris, with hockey skates [I think I’ve seen him here before] and I love his skating style….I ask him [he has to take his music out of his ears]….I say, “I like your skating style.  Can I take a short video?”

You know, that all went so well, and I spoke to Chris shortly afterward, getting his name and asking what kind of music he was listening to [Reggaeton – something with a beat].  Went back to skating to the rather mellow Harmonium [I LOVE it when they play quality Quebec music] and then quite soon they announce that they are bringing out the Zamboni to resurface the ice and so I grab the laptop [new, with a solid-state drive and battery life to boot] buy a cookie at the cafe, and starting putting down the blog in my head.

At about the point where the last paragraph started, I thought I might check just how good the video was….I really have to remind myself that I have to press the red button twice….I have nothing but Chris skating away after I [thought] I stopped the video.

Ice resurfaced….I skate….Oh, look….Chris is back doing his thing!

Sunday blog and Ted in 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017 brings the renewal of my commitment to write a Sunday blog.  These will be, at the best of times, posted on the Saturday-preceding so that those in time zones further east (Europe, Africa) can read it first thing on Sunday and be blessed all Sunday.

I began my Sunday blog commitment on June 26, 2016, largely inspired by my nephew, Micah Dettweiler, who was writing an almost-daily blog while studying for the year at Oxford University.  My blogging record to that point was sporadic, so I decided to commit to a schedule of posting once a week.  I reasoned at the time, “How hard could that possibly be?”.  Today I counted and I hit my target of once per week roughly half of the time, posting 13 Sunday blogs over 26 weeks.

New Year, new commitment:  for 2017 I purpose to write 40 Sunday blogs – that gives me roughly 3 whole months of holidays.  Not bad, eh? How hard could THAT relaxed schedule be?Jesus is coming

Often Sunday blogs are reflections on things that are on my mind.  In addition, as a believer in Jesus Christ, Sunday blogs might be a good venue to dialogue some of my beliefs associated with Jesus.  To the right is the perfect photo that I took one morning at Payne’s Bay, Barbados: “Jesus is coming!” cleverly posted next to a bus stop sign.

I do believe that Jesus is coming.  I believe in his “imminent” return, which means he could come at any time.  Along this well-traveled road leading to Speightstown the buses passed every 5 minutes or so.  I could say to my fellow traveler, “the bus will soon come” based on my observations that there were plenty of buses traveling this road.  If I say “Jesus is coming soon” what would that assertion be based on?  I don’t have a schedule, so “Jesus is coming” is not followed by “at 3:25pm on February 26, 2017” or any such date.  I say “Jesus is coming” because it says in Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon” and again in 22:20 “Surely, I am coming soon.”.  Both passages in my Bible are marked in red – words of Christ.  The same author of Revelation, John, in his gospel summarizes the completed purpose of his writing in  John 20:30-31. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Yes, I believe.  I believe that Jesus is the one promised by God, the Christ.  I’m convinced, with John, writer of the gospel and of the book of the Revelation that Jesus is coming (back) again.

“Yes”, I say.  “Come again, Lord Jesus”.