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Off to Edmonton.....    
I just realized that this is the 5th memorial   
that I will be flying to Edmonton for  
in the last 3 years.  


This morning I was thinking about that...  
- I have been given the gift of trust  
to talk about 'family matters' at this memorial.  

As friends and neighbours of my 'home' community gather
God has laid on my heart the desire
to have that 'awkward conversation'
that surfaces at every memorial....

the one about death and what's after that....

I was reading Romans this morning
and Paul gives such succinct description of the 'option' God offers...

Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God
has been manifested
apart from the law,
although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—
22 the righteousness of God
through faith in Jesus Christ
for all who believe. For there is no distinction:
23 for all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified by his grace as a gift,
through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God put forward
as a propitiation by his blood,
to be received by faith.
This was to show God’s righteousness,
because in his divine forbearance
he had passed over former sins.
26 It was to show his righteousness
at the present time,
so that he might be just
and the justifier of the one
who has faith in Jesus.

A new plan
A different plan
A plan that little children
and the simple
and the poor
and the rich
and anyone else
can step into.

- faith in Jesus
and His work
and the awkward part.....


Changing the mind 
changing willfulness
running life my way....
or His.

O Lord,
You have made a way
and it is simple,
yet profound.
and thoroughly difficult
and even frustrating
for the human heart and will....

To release hold on Self as master
and embrace You as the
only 'option'.

and Yet.
Your offer 
to bring Peace
and Joy
and the amazing blessing
of Your Spirit
when I release again
my 'right to rule'
to You....

Is amazing.

and that is where I want to be

Oh, Please help me share that well