Saturday, June 11, 2005

Divine Appointments

I'm back...after a brief excursion to Buffalo. Over the last two days I realized how God has orchestrated my life in ways that I could never have planned. He has brought individuals across my path over the years who have had such a positive and lasting effect.

On Thursday afternoon I enjoyed a ballgame between the Buffalo Bisons and the Syracuse Skychiefs (the Blue Jays' AAA affiliate). Following the game I had dinner with Gabe & Kelly Gross, a dear couple who I've come to love in a special way. Gabe has been up with the Blue Jays this season for two brief stints and has a bright future in Toronto. While waiting for Gabe following the game, I saw a long-time friend, Gary Larder, who is President of the Rochester Red Wings AAA ballclub. Gary and I met in Dunedin back in the late 70's and we've been friends ever since.

Friday morning I had breakfast with Bob Cushing, a dear friend in Niagara Falls, ON who God put in my life several years ago. He's a godly man with a heart for God's work and world missions. Following breakfast I stopped at a men's fellowship breakfast/Bible study where I saw Murray Johnston again. Murray came into my life the same time Bob Cushing did when I spoke at the Mayor's Prayer Breakfasts in St. Catherines and Niagara Falls.

I had a relaxing lunch at the home of Jack & Dorothy Scruton. Jack became a close friend when I owned the Christian bookstore in Peterborough and he was a salesman for Scripture Press and Beacon Distributing.

On my way home I stopped to visit my Uncle Bram in Ajax, ON. Bram's health has been failing in recent months and it was good to have a heart-to-heart chat with a dear man who loves the Lord and has served Him faithfully for many years.

Driving home I praised God for the special people that my Father has given to me as friends. These are forever friends. Gabe & Kelly, Bob, Murray, Jack & Dorothy and my Uncle Bram. My life has been enriched as each of these dear friends have added a unique flavor and tone.

Thank you, eternal God, for friends who love me and care. I trust that I will have the same powerful impact on others that these fellow pilgrims have had on me.

It was a great two days! last!

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