Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Received today

Sarah got a nice home-made card of condolences today from a family called Roess living somewhere in France.

(Though we know several families by that name, the stamp on the envelope recorded neither the date nor the place of posting, much less the address. Never mind, we have our ideas.)

It's the thought that counts and it's a nice gesture.  Thank you, Roess family, for remembering your mother and your grandmother and your mother-in-law at this sad time for her.

It's a funny thing: though we try to hide we cannot.  We tend to think that life will be paused while we're away but it doesn't work like that.  Life—and death—goes on with you or without you.  What will be next?
(The Roess family sends you their condolences on the death of your mother.
The Roess family)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.

(Isaiah 9:5-7)

I can't do better, at this time of year, than echo the line that Peter has sent to us: "May the Lord help us to live these words out in our time!"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Edith Finn

I just sent out this email to family members most concerned.  This is to share our news with all of you.

Dear family and friends,

This is the email you've been half-dreading and I don't know how to say it myself.  All is well.

Edith Jeanne Crangle Finn is no more of this life.  Born the 27th of April 1922 she went to sleep for the last time at 10:30 this morning the 10th of December 2011.

We could not keep her a moment longer.  We did all we could and she departed in peace surrounded by her family.  We'll talk in more detail later and can reminisce at length.

Today is a day of reflection and sadness to see her go.  We will really miss her.  But there is no question but that she is at last at ease and at peace such as she has not experienced for a long time.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Philippians 4:8

Much love,

Derrick & Sarah

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Population is still technically growing, but according to the United Nation Population Division’s numbers, that growth is slowing dramatically.

The United Nations Population Division (UNPD) is the most reliable source of population statistics in the world, which is why we use their numbers for our videos.

And, according to the UNPD, population growth will continue to slow down over the next few decades.

In fact, if current trends persist, our growth will halt right around 8 billion by 2045.  After that, our numbers will start to fall off, slowly at first, and then faster.

If you find this whole idea counter-intuitive, don't worry!  You're not alone.  At first glance, it really does seem like the population is sky-rocketing.  That’s because we're still adding a billion every few decades . . . and a billion people is a lot of people.

But the way, we can tell that population is not ballooning out of control is precisely the fact that we’re only adding a billion people each time.  And soon, we won’t even be adding that many.

And just for fun, here's what John Lennon had to say on the subject :

"Le courage, c'est de chercher la vérité et de la dire ; c'est de ne pas subir la loi du mensonge triomphant qui passe, et de ne pas faire écho, de notre âme, de notre bouche et de nos mains aux applaudissements imbéciles et aux huées fanatiques." ( Jean Jaurés, au Lycée d'Albi, le 30 juillet 1903 )

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Birthdays

We were saying that, although there have always been TWO birthdays celebrated this week, we might have to get used to upping it to THREE now that Junia is among us!

In fact there very reason I'm sending you this picture a week late is simply because of her arrival which, naturally enough, gave us a few more important things to do . :-)

Here they are: 33 and 53 and still happy and healthy, thank the Lord!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Do you feel offended?

We received this very short note from our friend and brother Peter in Tasmania over the weekend.  It's given me much to think about and I wanted to share it with you.

In the mid-1970s, right after my sister Susie and I decided to follow the Lord, we discussed this matter.  Is it ever right, ever permissible, to feel offended by what others say or do about us?

Our conclusion was: No.  Jesus spoke sharply against the rich and the powerful.  He had no time for sin.  But stooping to argue about who said what and how in the right way did not become a part of his life.

Rather than straightening up our supposed grievances, let us pray!  Earnestly praying for the people that say unkind and possibly incorrect things about us rewards us with the inner strength and peace to keep on walking in the Light.

That is what Susie and I discovered years ago and it still works. 


What do you think?  Any comments?