There is a promise in God’s word that says “I would have fainted unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.” (Psalms 27:13 NKJV)
My husband’s work involves travelling to the nations and I have often travelled with him. But this year I stayed home with Angela to help her through her studies and help her keep up to date with university applications and keep life as normal as possible for her. She was missing her siblings and we were all feeling our house was a bit empty.
When we moved to our present home there were nine children with us. There was always activity, companionship, warmth, cups of tea, chats around the fire. Life was bursting out at the seams.
I have been in turmoil over whether I should stay on in this house. It holds many memories for us and our children. I looked around at all the things I had put together to make this house a home. I have enjoyed living here. I looked out at the patio area that Brendan and the boys had built. Patrick had the idea. We spent many happy times there having meals and barbecues. Downpatrick is not in Australia. Ireland is known for its rain. But the sun shone on us. There is a beautiful view across the countryside from the patio. Many an evening we have sat there enjoying a meal watching the sun go down.
If I look out another window I see a paved area that my son John built for us for our fortieth wedding anniversary. Beyond in our garden is an area we let grow wild. Brendan had often had a bonfire there with the children around him listening to his stories. The walls of our home hold many memories.
Summer came round. Angela finished school and exams and her decision was made about university. She had a party and had fun with school friends. They said their fare wells before moving on in their lives. Brendan lit a Chinese lattern for them. It lifted off the ground and flew away into the distance. The girls stood quietly gazing upwards till the balloon was a speck in the sky. The end of an era. We will all move on.
In September Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, and Angela left for university. Brendan left for a trip. It was a long year for me. I was feeling restless. I had been confined to home for the last months because of a broken wrist. I had cabin fever.
When Brendan came back from his trip he saw that I was in need of some tender loving care. I was about to faint! He booked a trip for a whole month in Canada! Four years ago when Brendan and I were speaking at a conference in Canada a couple invited us to Dawson Creek. It sounded magical, as they talked about the snow that they have there. I thought to myself if I am ever in Canada for a longer period of time I would like to go to that magical place up north.
Brendan has been to Canada many times over the past twenty two years. He prays, prophesies and encourages people. On this trip I have joined him and I have been praying for healing. In between we got to enjoy the hospitality of our Canadian friends. I have certainly got to enjoy the goodness of God in the land of the living this trip.
I got to go up to Dawson Creek after all. We saw the snow, got a sleigh ride and tasted a bit of life there. David Roch, our host is a chef and we had a great time with him and his wife. We went to Moby Dick’s in Whiterock for their famous fish and chips with Randy and Christine Emerson. We went to North View Golf club in Surrey tonight . There were Christmas decorations, friendly staff and excellent food. Check it out if you are ever in Vancouver. Randy brought us to visit someone in hospital and afterwards we went to Max’s, an award winning deli. We also got to hang out with Ivan Fox in Sechelt. Thank you.
Jesus said “Who is my neighbour.” He went on to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. He helped the man to the Inn where his needs were cared for. We have been staying at the “Inn” in Canada. The Canadian flag has leaf on it. The people of Canada are called for the healing of the nations. I have received healing in Canada.
God is faithful and good. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. He wants us to have rest and refreshment as well as work.