Saturday, 7 June 2014

Pentecost













     Tomorrow we will be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost (more in “Sunday Reflections") but today we are at the end of a long week, which I must confess should probably be labelled “start of panic season”!

     Two weeks today (TWO WEEKS!!!!) will be Team Training Day and we still need approx. 8 more Team Members AND 3 more host churches; hence the panic mode.

      We are now at the point when I wake up in the middle of the night and try to puzzle out how 10 people can be divided into 6 Teams, and what to do with a Team which only has 1 out of it’s 4 weeks booked?

      How many Team Members are “enough”? How many Churches are “enough”? How much is  “ENOUGH?”

     While dressing this morning, I was struck by how perfectly the Day 3 Story of this summer’s Day Camp Program serves to illustrate the current dilemma and shed a “God view” on the problem.

   The story is “The Loaves and Fishes”-Matthew 14:13-21  These 5 loaves and 2 fishes sure did not seem, in the eyes of the Disciples, enough to feed that huge crowd, but Jesus made them “enough”, in fact He made them MORE than “enough”.

  So we need to believe, must believe, that the Lord will send enough, and it won’t necessarily look the way we expect it to look, but if it is the “enough” for His plan, then I shall be satisfied.

  The Day 4 story of the Disciples in the storm (Matthew 8:21-27) is also a perfect illustration of my current condition. My own little “storm’ of fear is blowing and raging, but Jesus remains calm and will send relief at the time which is best for all of us.

   And so the week has gone; a little crumb of hope here, a dash of despair there, step forward, fall back. But would the stories that come back at the end of the summer be as rich and sweet without the current struggle? would the triumph in the eyes of a Team Member be as amazing and transforming? I don’t think so.

  So we forge ahead, with 2 weeks to go, and a long list of petitions, constantly on the tip of my tongue, I’m so glad the Lord is always there to listen!!

  There has not been a lot of time away from the laptop this week but Wednesday I met over lunch, with the 3 Training Day Camp Team Leaders, and yesterday a dear, long-time friend came for lunch.

  The garden is currently being besieged by the Maple “keys” which fall in buckets from the trees, but the irises are all coming into full bloom (some dashed to the ground by a heavy storm on Tuesday) so there is the annual combination of petitions and sweeping, on lovely June afternoons.

  For lunch, yesterday, I filled my homemade pitas with this favourite Tuna filling.

 Very tasty for summer picnics!





                                                 Tuna Pesto Pitas



1 can water-packed tuna, flaked

2 Tbsps. Pinenuts

1 Tbsp. Pesto

1cup cherry tomatoes, halved

4 Tbsps. Mayonnaise (I use Veganaise which is WAY safer for picnics, since it does not contain raw egg)

Lettuce or other greens for lining the pita pockets



Place all the filling ingredients in a medium bowl and mix gently until well combined.

Line pita pockets with greens and then fill with the tuna salad.

Makes 6 pita pockets. Easily multiplied.

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