I have been busy preparing a sermon for this Sunday. I am speaking at our home church in Steinbach—Grace Mennonite— on a topic I have written about before called Will You Be A Pilgrim or a Tourist? This time however I am using photos and stories from our travels to illustrate my sermon points. One section of my sermon is about experiences Dave and I have had, that have stretched us or helped us grow spiritually, intellectually, physically or emotionally—things that perhaps were a little out of our comfort zone such as……………….
Kayaking with orca whales in British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait
Praying at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem
Building a house for Habitat for Humanity in Lampang Thailand
A homestay with a Muslim family in a rural village in Malaysia
Visiting a Maori Meeting House in New Zealand
Thomas Merton once said that it is necessary for each of us to have some experiences in life which ‘jerk us clean out of the habitual’. It is something I need to remember to continue planning for very deliberately as I move forward in this first year of retirement.