Sorry it has taken so long to get this post up. We have been without internet to this point and our posts will be (God-willing) more frequent from here on in. We just had our internet set up earlier today. And we do have high speed DSL out here, believe it or not!
“ I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy… I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace.” – Philippians 1:3-4,7
In getting ready for our move I have been very touched with how many people have said, “You will be in our prayers”, or “We will be praying for you.” I couldn’t help but ponder why would people pray for us now more than they have before, or maybe just voice it more now than they had before. It may sound foolish. Sure we’re making a radical decision, to move to the most isolated community in BC accessible by road. Yes, we will be leaving our family and community, but they will be with us now more than ever in all that we do.
Yes, it will be a challenge. Yes, it will be hard, at times. Yes, it will be joy-filled. Yes, it will be a time full of grace, I am sure.
But isn’t that what the life of a Christian is? Isn’t that what family life is? This is where God has called us at this moment in our lives, and so he has called you yourselves and countless others to their vocations as spouses, mothers, fathers, priests, singles, consecrated lay people, religious brothers and sisters, to be missionaries in our own corner of the world, to bring Christ into our own corner of the world. Is one path more radical than the other? I guess you could make an argument for that. But my point is, we should be praying for and supporting eachother at all times and in all situations through prayer. Maybe you already do, and maybe I’m just over analyzing, but I find I only tend to pray for others when they ask for prayers or when they are going through a challenging time or a particular struggle.
And I believe that this is what prayer is about, that it unites us to others, as we are all united in Christ, even at great distances.
In pondering this I hope to, from now on, be more aware of praying for others on a daily basis; for faithfulness to a spouse and/or to God and for strength and resolve against temptations. Because although our daily needs may not seem significant, living the life of a follower of Christ is a constant choice to pick up our crosses daily and follow Him.
“Take up My cross, their cross, and follow Me”
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We arrived in Telegraph Creek last Wednesday (Aug 27th). The trip went fairly smoothly and the children did amazing. It is great to see how vast our province is and to realize that the leaves on the trees are already turning colour up this way. I still don’t think it has fully hit us yet as to exactly what is happening, but this last week and a half has been such a graced time for us. With having mom & dad Grimard help with the move and some of my siblings as well it couldn’t have gone more smoothly. It has been a gradual transition in some ways, with meeting new friends that we were connected to before we left and getting to meet them in person and also with how welcoming the community has been. Yet also a quick transition as we led a communion service our first Sunday here. I was able to attend a funeral at the community centre Tuesday evening, for one of the elders who had passed away on the weekend, and discovered the Tahltan people are very musical people. Then, earlier today I was involved in the transferring of another person’s ashes from the church to the burial site 15 miles out of town. It is interesting being immersed in a different culture, a different pace of life, and a different way of being. But it was so beautiful to see a people’s love for their friend and relative who had passed, this is one thing that I can relate to and so enter in to their sorrow and their pain. And to realize that we are all on this same journey, of life.