Social Media and Politics
Pastor Werner's Blog
February 1, 2017
Facebook started as a promising way to stay in touch with families that are spread out, and friends who want to keep in touch. Over time, the newsfeed got busier, and slowly the content changed. People and organizations had agendas that got pushed onto the newsfeeds. News articles replaced personal updates. 
A Glimmer of Eden
Pastor Werner's Blog
May 17, 2016

It's early in the morning and I receive a telephone call. Someone in the hospital needs a visit from a pastor. A patient is dying. He is well past 70. I arrive thirty minutes later. He doesn't have to say anything. The questions are written all over his anxious demeanour. "Why is this happening to me? This shouldn't be happening to me! This is not the way it's supposed to be!" Yet it has happened to every member of the human race, without exception.

I reflect as I drive back to the office later that day. Why do we inherently doubt our mortality? Why do we act as if the great crisis will happen to everyone else but me? Why do we act surprised when it happens to ME?

I think there are good reasons why we do not easily accept this reality. Somewhere, we have picked up the notion that 'this is not the way it is supposed to be.' Death and sickness are unwelcome intruders. I believe our primal memories know better. We were made for the Garden of Eden, and although we were banished from that garden, we remember.

A former acquaintance of mine was in the final stages of Alzheimer's. He spent a lifetime fishing Lake Huron as a commercial fisherman. He could not remember his wife's name and showed no signs of knowing her. Yet, in those last days he remembered how to sew nets. At night (so his wife told us) as he was going to sleep, would grabs the edge of his bed sheets, and he thought he was holding on to the lead rope of a net, and his fingers would deftly go through the intricate motions of sewing net onto the rope. Doctors say that there is such a thing as muscle memory, whereby long after the mind forgets its stored up facts, the body will remember its motions and actions.

I would suggest that we have a kind of genetic memory too, which tells us that the Creator's original intention with us was something quite different than our present reality. Why else do I feel like at age sixty-five, I've only just begun to learn about life? We smirk knowingly at the cottage plaque that says "We get too soon old and too late smart!" Why else do most other middle agers and seniors tell me that they still feel like a kid inside?

Of course, I believe in our intended immortality, not just because I feel it instinctively, but also because Someone who claimed to represent God as His Son many years ago insisted that it was so. He said, ""I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."

That's quite a bold and arrogant statement to make, unless of course it's true. It's interesting to observe though how dramatically those words affect a person in their last hours. That's usually where the debating stops and reality asserts itself. I've seen it all to often. Please think about it.


A Mountain Top Experience
Pastor Werner's Blog
April 26, 2016

In discussion with a person whose background I did not know, she said, “When you’re on a mountain peak you can easily see that all roads lead to the top. You look down and... [READ MORE]

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