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So Long, Farewell (my last Deep Cove Crier article)

So Long, Farewell

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Sound-of-music-goodbye

One of my favorite songs in a favorite movie is Oscar Hammerstein’s So Long, Farewell from the Sound of Music.  The beauty of Deep Cove can leave all of us singing like Marta, “I hate to go and leave this pretty sight”. It is amazing how farewell comments are often so spiritual that we don’t even hear them.  The phrase ‘so long’ is  New York slang for the Hebrew ‘Shalom’ which is used for both hello and goodbye.  To sing like Fredrick ‘Adieu, adieu, adieu to you and you and you’ actually means in French to go with God.  Likewise Adios in Spanish commends us to God, to Dios.  For the past thirty years of the Deep Cove Crier, I have been commending you each month to God.  He loves you more than you might ever imagine.

Kurt in the Von Trapp Family singers sang, “I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye, goodbye.” Goodbye literally means ‘God be with you.’ Leaving involves grieving. I will miss you.  One local politician complimented me by saying that I was more visible than they were at community events. Over decades, I have gotten to know many of you, even if you have never darkened the door of a church.  Some of you have asked me to take your weddings, baptisms, or funerals.  Over several decades, I sometimes had the privilege of being there for all three, sometimes even marrying the parents and then later taking the wedding of their adult child.  How many remember the original Boal Chapel?  I will never forget when a couple asked me to take their son’s funeral, saying that he was a diamond in the rough.  When half the congregation turned up at Boal Chapel on Harley Davidsons, I found myself paraphrasing Jesus, saying “Blessed are those who are tough enough to mourn for they shall be comforted”.  One person heard me and had the courage to grieve.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

In this current culture, some people’s connection to church is reflected by the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.  Many people no longer attend church but will still attend wedding and funerals/celebrations of life.  At weddings, they are often so distracted by the beautiful bride that the spiritual message may be missed.  At funerals/celebrations of life, people are often reflecting and listening at a heart level.  Some of you may have only met me in person at one of the many weddings and funerals that I have taken since 1987. I had the privilege of taking both Wayne and Marsia Hunter’s funerals at Seymour Golf & Country Club and at Boal Chapel.  Because they were so politically involved, half the people at their services were politicians.  “Can politicians make it to heaven?”, I asked at the funeral. < >  Yes, I said, but it is not easy because they are often so covered over because of endless criticism.  Jesus knows the hearts of politicians even if they do not know themselves. Jesus loves the least, the lost, and the last, including politicians.

It has been a privilege to share over 360 monthly spiritual messages with you that have been viewed online by 755,000 people so far on my blog.   Many of these articles turned up in chapters of my books Battle for the Soul of Canada, Restoring Health, andFor Better For Worse. Every year I have shared with you insights about New Year Resolutions, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Remembrance Day, and Christmas.  Through personally visiting all 10,000 homes  (some two or three times) in the Seymour/Deep Cove community, I received many new ideas for articles, including on tolerance and judgmentalism.

Thank you, Wilf Fawcett, Bruce Coney, Mark Hood and Maria Spitale-Leisk for believing in me and giving me a chance to share good news in the Deep Cove Crier.  My new focus in this transition will be on writing books and speaking at conferences, particularly on marriage and renewal as we did to tens of thousands recently in Africa.  You will enjoy Pastor Craig Thiessen who will be taking over this column next month.  Never forget that Jesus loves you. So long, farewell, goodbye.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

-published in the July 2018 Deep Cove Crier.

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

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FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE: A GOOD READ AND A GOOD HEED

IMG_0722A great book review by Rev. Jim Wilson

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

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By James Wilson

The idea that most or all of what we consider the main causes of divorce – adultery, money issues, poor communication, too entangled with families of origin – are symptoms rather than causes is just one of the many refreshing and hope filled gifts Ed and Janice Hird offer in their latest book, For Better or Worse: Discovering the Keys to a Lasting Relationship.  This book is written with crispness and incision – it cuts to the chase in plain English. They are not shy about baring their own work-in-progress status, which makes for an attractively candid book.  But the real prize is freedom.  The freedom to be authentically married is a pearl of great price.

  1. S. Lewis said, “It is what we do with our solitude that makes us fit for company.” The recurrent thesis of the book is that only when we become fully…

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Are you a new creation in Christ?

What does it mean for fathers to be new creations in Christ? Why are so many men lost in anger, fear, guilt, shame or cynicism? Why are men overall doing worse in university than women? How might 2 Corinthians 5:17 help men discover their truest identity and get on with their lives? Click to watch online my second last sermon at St. Simon’s North Vancouver.

for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.

 


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Tearing Down the Strongholds of Hiding & Blaming

Watch Rev. Dr. Ed and Janice Hird teach from Genesis 3 on breaking the strongholds of hiding and blaming.

 

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for better for worse-Click to check out our newest marriage book For Better For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship on Amazon. You can even read the first two chapters for free to see if the book speaks to you.