Thursday, 21 July 2016

Snapshot Muse #26 - A Shelter in the Time of Storm

After the storm
Last night a vicious storm hit our colony. First the sky turned very dark, an odd blackish turquoise. This was around 7:00 PM, but it looked more like midnight. Suddenly extremely strong winds joined the ominous darkness, along with thunder and lightening and torrential rain.

After the storm had passed a variety interesting clouds hovered over us. Some were storm clouds, the kind you don't see very often. But they moved away relatively quickly and the sun broke through and we knew we had a lot to be grateful for. Other than a few fallen trees there was no other damage. Other people were not so fortunate, as they had a tornado rip through their place; roofs were ripped off from houses, grain bins severely damaged, garage doors ripped out...

While I was standing by a window watching this storm, the likes as I'd never seen, a very fitting old hymn came to mind. It was written by Vernon J. Charlesworth in 1839.

1 The Lord's our Rock; in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land -
A Shelter in the time of storm.

2 A Shade by day, Defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

3 The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
We'll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

4 O Rock Divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Flowers and a Hutterite Diaries Ebook Offer

Strange blog title, but this is summer and I love to get my hands dirty tending my flowers and I also wanted to let you know about a special offer I just learned about.

I know, it's been a while since my last post, but this summer has been very busy, as I'm taking a course on history, language and religion. So I haven't had time for blogging. But being away from social media for a while isn't such a bad thing at all. In fact I've been so busy spending quality face-to-face time with people, that my blog and Twitter hardly ever crossed my mind. Not that the people I interact with online don't matter, they do, but social media should never interfere when we spend time with family and friends... or even gardening. Which I've also been enjoying very much. Here are some of my flowers:

And the special offer: I've been asked a number of times if Hutterite Diaries is available as an ebook. The answer is, yes and it can be downloaded by clicking here.

Enjoy your summer, visiting with relatives and friends, traveling, gardening, sitting in shady spot and reading, taking long walks, eating watermelon... or whatever else that involves human interaction, relaxing and spending time in nature.

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Cutest Graduates of 2016

Ava, Kandra, Dorothea, Jakobi

There will most likely be hundreds of graduates this month, but in my humble (just a bit biased) opinion, none will be cuter than this group graduating from Kindergarten at our school.  Notice how much they loved posing for their grad pictures? They love school and are a joy to teach! They're ready for summer holidays, though. But aren't we all?
Last week Jakobi announced, "Can we just stop working already. The work here is never done, anyway."

Yup, and more waiting for you in grades 1, 2, 3, 4......................

Congratulations! Have a fabulous summer!