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Shite happens

Yesterday we were planning to drive from Winnipeg to near Borden. However, the daughter went to a meeting the night before downtown and some lowlife smashed the drivers window of the car, removing their GPS and various other documents.

The Glazier noted that the window edge had been broken and this would require a part. From Dodge. Which they will not be able to fit until they have approval from insurance — which requires an appointment, on Tuesday.

Manitoba only has one insurance company. Customer hassle is a feature, not a bug.

This morning I walked past a chapel — and the sign on the church did not even tell me when services are. Indeed, part of the walk was to find such:  The car’s window was taped up by a glazier, but the plastic is now flapping freely.

It seems the gospel is shutting down in the land of the maple leaf.

Mark 4:26-34

26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Part of what we have to do is simply exist. The Kingdom of God needs its places, its embassies if you will. But they need to be sewing the seeds of righteousness. And righteousness is not niceness, it is not tolerance, and it definitely is not the Canadian code of rights and responsibilities.

I’m enjoying being in the sun and warmth, and with my family here — although my son-in-law remains very sick, Bad things happen, because this world is fallen.  But we need to stand in Christ, despite the shite that is going on.

One thought on "Shite happens"

  • Okrahead says:

    Matthew 5:10-12: “10
    ¶ Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: 1 Pet. 3.14 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    ¶ Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 1 Pet. 4.14

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets 2 Chr. 36.16 · Acts 7.52 which were before you.”

    “Shite” makes excellent fertilizer. Always has (see the end of Hebrews 11 and 1st century Christianity), always will so long as we sow the seed.

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