Sunday, 15 January 2017

Come and See



Unconditional love, care and service are the words of the new song.  We sing this new song so that our families, friends, community and strangers know God within us.

This is the path that Christ walked and the song he sang in service for those who needed him most, the outcasts, unwanted, ill, poor and hopeless.

We are God’s children and within each of us he has placed his new song.

When we serve each other, through unconditional love, God’s love shines through us and into the world.

Let the world know God’s love.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalms 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Practicing Retirement


What is a workaholic supposed to do when retirement looms ahead them?

This question has plagued me for the past year, when my early retirement date came and went.

Many find it very difficult to understand my none retirement, my reluctance to walk away from an 8:30 to 4:30 job into the amazing world of, do what you want when you want!

And here lays the horror of retirement for a workaholic, what do you do with all that time?  Sitting around knitting sweater after sweater does not sound like fun and while knitting is both relaxing and enjoyable life is fuller, holds more meaning now.

There is purpose and meaning in a career, order and routine, engagement with new ideas, people and learning.

These are things that have brought meaning to much of life for the past 30 years.

Yes, family, friends, community and church are also part of what bring meaning to life however we are not expected to enjoy saying good bye to these when we turn 55, 60 or 65.

Retirement, however is not something that can be put off forever, eventually aging will overcome ability and the value we offer our employers diminishes at which point we are asked to leave.

Forced retirement is not what is desired either.

Retirement counselors all ask the same questions, what new new goals do you have, what new challenges are you ready to tackle?

Here is the second horror of retirement, I don’t know what I want to do! 

I do not have a bucket list!

When I shared my predicament with a wise woman she laughed, “Practice retiring.”

Practice retiring?


I was challenged to look around my community, find classes, groups, social clubs and explore them to determine if they will bring new ideas, people and learning into my life.

So it was that I found myself in a watercolor class today at our local library and who knows maybe I might become an artist.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Friday, 13 January 2017

Beet Brownies


In the long cold dark Canadian winters root vegetables like beets sustain us and remind us of our summer gardens.

Beets are more than just a side vegetable they also add flavour and nutrition to many salads and desserts, like today's Brownie recipe.  When there are leftover cooked beets we shredded them in our food processor in 2 cups containers for use in soups, salads or desserts.


Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cups Coco powder
  • 2/3 cup butter/margarine
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded beets
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Shift all dry ingredients together
  3. Beat together butter, eggs and vanilla
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry
  5. Add beets
  6. Add chocolate chips
  7. For thicker brownies spread the batter on an 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper
  8. We prefer thinner brownies so we spread our batter into a 9 X 12 pan lined with parchment paper
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted.
  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top of brownie and spread as they melt.
From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Monday, 9 January 2017

What makes a great parent?




For that matter what makes a great Grandparent?

They are the same things that make a great teacher.

These are individuals who are able to

empower, motivate and cultivate:

curiosity,

independence,

 sense of belonging and 

responsibility to the family/community.

Be mindful in how you parent and instruct young minds.

Challenge yourself to explore the words of Lao Tzu

and understand them in the context of how you parent.

We do not have quick and easy answers to give you.

We are the same path as we daily seek to parent, 

instruct and live our lives through these words of 

Lao Tzu.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The heavens were opened

And God Blessed His People with Peace



What is the peace that we are blessed with?

It is not the absence of war, for many people live in war torn countries and humanity is bent on settling disagreements through conflict of one sort or another.

And peace is also defined as a state of tranquility or quiet a reprieve from the troubles and surround you.

Over the past few months, God’s blessing of peace has entered our lives through the actions of friends, strangers and the dying.

God visited peace on us in the depth of our grief, when a beloved Great Grandmother, summons all of her strength to smile and kiss her infant Great Granddaughter and when the child said more, another kiss was summoned and we in the room knew peace and a sense of family in that moment.

God visited peace upon an exhausted woman weary from working all day when a tattooed and pierced teenager stood up and offered her his seat on the bus.  They smiled at each other and she knew peace and a sense of community in that moment.

God visited peace upon an anxious panic stricken mother when in her frantic search for a missing purse is tapped on the shoulder by a homeless man, “here is your purse it dropped out of your stroller” he turns and walks away, to have the mother hurry after him to say thank you.  In that moment they both knew peace and sense of community.

 The heavens were opened and the spirit of compassion, family, service and connectedness descended on humanity.

We experience God’s peace in relationships with each other, in the care we offer and receive.

There is no exclusivity in God’s peace and nor should there be in our care for each other.
Acts 10:34 “I now realize how true it is that God treats everyone the same”
  
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings: Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Kathleen Kenyon

Dame of the British Empire 
January 5, 1906 to August 24, 1978



Kathleen was born in England where she grew up the oldest child in a home of where biblical authority and history held equal sway.  Her family home was physically attached British Museum, where her father was the director.

She is referred to as being strong headed, stubborn, and a tomboy.  She won awards for Somerville College Oxford where she was studying archaeology for her skills as a hockey player.  She also became the first female president of the Oxford University Archaeological Society ad graduated from Somerville College in 1929.  

Her first job on archaeology sites was as a photographer, she learned her skills in stratigraphic excavation, the process of  swiping the surface of a site and moving back through history during the summers of 1930-1935 where she worked alongside  Mortimer Wheeler in Zimbabwe.


While actively working dig sites from 1948 to 1962 Kathleen also lectured on archaeology all over the world inspiring men and women in this field.

It was Kathleen's work on the Jericho wall that earned her the title as one of the most influential archaeologist of the 20th century.  

Kathleen meticulous sifted through inch after inch of soil and artifacts painstaking 
moving from modern times all the way to a stone age foundation.  Kathleen came to two conclusion the first was that Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited community and the second was that the wall of Jericho fell long before the Bible places Joshua at the site.

In 1973 five years before her death Queen Elizabeth II named Kathleen Dame of the British Empire for her work.

Kathleen died from a stroke at age 72, and she was one of the influential archaeologist of the 20th century.

Kathleen Kenyon is a woman of history.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Read more about Kathleen in this articles:
  1. Kathleen Kenyon  Wikipedia 
  2. Kathleen Kenyon and Jericho Bible Odyssey
  3. Kathleen Kenyon: Larger Than Life   Vision

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017

Grief


There is little personal control over grief. 

It overwhelms without warning, at the most inconvenient times.

It feels like fear and we respond accordingly.

At times we run from grief avoiding it at all costs.

At other times we fight back becoming angry, frustrated, just plain not nice to be around.

While at other time we are frozen in the face of grief, unable to do anything at all.

How grief manifests is unique to both the individual and the situation, it is unpredictable.

People want to offer comfort, food, cards,... to give voice to their response to your grief. 

In turn they expect you to respond with gratitude that they have taken the time to acknowledge your loss.  

How do you do this if fighting or fleeing is your response?

Be mindful of how grief is affecting you, how you are responding to it.

Most importantly when offering comfort be open to the response you receive.  

You have become one of those expected moments when grief has overwhelmed.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls