Separated for Holy Service…

I posted my Afrikaans blog entry on this one by accident this morning. And the translate function usually does not convey the true meaning of words. So let me share my heart this morning in English too…

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It is Monday Morning. Half past nine. I am supposed to be out there, visiting all the sick people in our church. Afterwards I have to work hard, on the presentation of tomorrow morning’s Bible Study. I have to try and explain Romans 9- why God loved Jacob, and hated Esau. My mobile phone is supposed to be switched on, I have to answer all the complaints about yesterday’s sermon, why the music was too hard or too soft, too fast or too slow… Somewhere in the fields there are still some cattle that must be attending our church fete in September, somebody still has to ask the farmers for some more contributions to the meat section…  Steaks for Jesus!  There are still a thousand people waiting for their yearly House Visitation. A Pastor must visit them at home, so that they can know and serve the Lord, with that choice piece of baking they prepared and serve on a Royal Doulton cake plate, with their grandmother’s little golden cake fork.

It is Monday Morning  twenty five to ten. I am the sick one. My wife has confiscated my mobile phone. The doctor has booked me off for three weeks. I may not even drive my car. I am just sitting here. Three weeks is a long, long time! I miss my mobile phone…

It is Monday Morning twenty to ten. The phone does not ring. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, Opus 15, Largo is playing loudly on my hifi in my Study.  Behind the clear notes of the piano there sounds the most beautiful notes of violin and clarinet in the background.

A Silent Presence has come with me into my study. Peace. Rest…

I don’t have to do anything. I may just… BE…

And that is good enough…

Afgesonder vir diens…

Dit is Maandagoggend half tien. Ek is veronderstel om die siekes te besoek. Daarna hard te werk aan more se Bybelstudie oor Romeine 9- dat die gemeente kan verstaan waarom het die Here Jakob liefgehad, maar Esau gehaat. My selfoon is veronderstel om aan te wees, ek moet al die navrae hanteer oor die onduidelikhede in gister se preek. die klagtes oor die musiek te hard was, of te sag was, te vinnig was of te stadig was…  Intussen loop daar erens op die vlaktes beeste rond wat eintlik by die kerkbasaar hoort- Steaks vir Jesus! Daar is nog duisend wat wag vir huisbesoek, dat hulle die Here kan vind en dien…  deur die koeksistertjie vir Dominee te gee, keurig aangebied op die Royal Doulton bordjie met ouma se goue vurkie…

Dit is Maandagoggend vyf en twintig voor tien. Ek is die sieke. My vrou het my selfoon afgeneem. Die dokter het my drie weke lank afgeboek. Ek mag nie eers kar bestuur nie.   Ek sit net hier. Drie weke is darem maar hel lank! EK mis my selfoon!

Dis Maandagoggend twintig voor tien. Die foon lui nie. Beethoven se Klavierkonsert no 1 in C Majeur, opus 15, Largo speel kliphard in my studeerkamer. Agter die helder note van die klavier klink die mooiste klarinet en viole in die agtergrond.

‘n Stille Teenwoordigheid het saam met my in die studeerkamer ingekom. Vrede. Rus.

Ek moet niks doen nie. EK mag maar net… wees.

En dit is goed genoeg…

 

 

Flying high with style…

When you read this, I will be in a theater for the first operation of my life…

I am really scared but should not be… So here, for your enjoyment, is some photos of one of my favorite things in life: a Biplane!

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Unfortunately it did not fly while I was there, would have loved to take some pictures of it on the go!

Enjoy your day, and think of me…

Containers- Weekly Photo Challenge

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I know, I know- I am stretching this theme A LOT! But here is my entry: an aerial container full of Russians!

At our town’s Fly Inn over the weekend, the star attraction was the visit from this old biplane- an Antonov 2. Some say ( In a Jeremy Clarkson voice) that this might be the biggest single engine aircraft in the world…

It looks extremely heavy, but I saw with my own little eyes it takes off, fully loaded in under 100 meters!

So ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment: my container full of Russians, the Antonov 2:

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For more interesting reading on the history of the Antonov AN 2- read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-2

Just an update for my regular readers- the Apple Juice did not work. I had the mother of all gall stone attacks at my mother in law’s place, and no, it was not her poisoning me. I have a lovely mother in law! Really like her. So… tomorrow my wife is taking me to the big bad city, and on Wednesday I am having surgery taking out my gallbladder. I thought I would be hopping, skipping and jumping out of there, but my GP told me just now to be prepared for 2-3 days in hospital and 2 weeks sick leave afterwards.  So… the Rider might be the Shadow for the next two weeks. This is my first operation ever, really scared- you know the saying: “Any surgery on ME IS major surgery…”  So- it might be a while before I ride again!

Sorry Seegogga, ek het regtig my bes probeer met die appelsappies…

What a sexy nose!

I have seen some beautiful aircraft at our local Flying Club’s Fly Inn over this weekend. I will dish it out slowly so that you don’t get too fed up with me…

This is just one, super sexy, fast example, no idea what it is…  But I like…

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And also my friend with the VW Beetle engine…

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My eldest son and I had a great morning there! More to follow soon…

Welcome to my office…

As stated in an earlier post today, I had a wedding to officiate this afternoon. This is  the wedding venue, built on a cliff, overlooking a beautiful valley.  Remember- this is winter around here, and yesterday was the coldest day I felt in a long time!

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My view from my “pulpit”…

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And the view the bride and groom sees when they overlook my presense…

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Some days I really love my job! Today was difficult though, because I only met the groom an hour before the wedding and the bride when she walked down the aisle. I usually love to spend more time with a couple and get to know them better, to make it a more personal experience for them. But I still tried my best today…

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Decoration- Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme

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Ok, I know I am stretching it a lot today… but I wanted to share this with you guys anyway. Just outside our town there is this venue, Castle de Wildt,  where a yearly Exotic Game Auction is held- it is going on at the moment.

And when I and some friends walked through the pens where the game are kept, we came across the most beautiful of all the antelope in Africa, in my eyes…  Just look at the decoration in the form of horns on this Kudu bull!

Now THAT is decoration in my eyes. I don’t know yet for how much this bull has sold, as I had to leave early, I am marrying a couple in two hours time.  A friend let me know that a Sable bull just sold for ZAR 800 000, that must be about US$ 75000!

But dear friends, relax- these animals are not sold to be hunted. They are worth so much more as breeding stock- they will have a very safe and relaxed life ahead of them, just eating and sleeping and breeding… now that sounds like the life to have!

PS- I would have preferred to see this bull in it’s natural habitat, and shoot it… with my Canon 400D and a 55-250iS lens!

Got to hurry now to get dressed and get out to the wedding venue…