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August 9, 2013

April 11, 2013 57 Is A Milestone Year For Me.

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57 Is A Milestone Year For Me.
by Dick Hunt, April 11th, 2013.
My Father and dear friend and mentor passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 6th 1957 at the age of 71, just 12 days before his 72nd birthday. He had given me not only an instructive  training in good behaviour but a shining example of truth and moral certitude in his own life, on exhibit day by day. He was firm but I always knew the reasoning behind his standards, as did my four siblings.  I cannot think of another family who grew up so united in purpose and morality as ours.  We never found reason to disagree and we were the dearest of friends. I am the only surviving member of that family.

And then, on May 30th that year I was Ordained a  Deacon in the Anglican Church,  with authority to give myself to the limit of my ability  in caring for the spirtual needs of people in a number of Parishes and Missions in east central Alberta.  That is one of the reasons that my e mail address, web address etc. have 57 as part of the identity. And that is why I so fully trust that God called me to the Ministry which has since occupied my time, efforts and energies, since after six months as a Deacon I then received the additional authority to serve as a Priest (called “Presbyter” in a number of other Churches.)  I still serve as such, though in the limited capacity of one who still has the authority to serve, as a retired Pastor with diminished mobility, but still with the fire of the Holy Spirit of the Living God to nourish me. And that is why, I am sure, God has given me a memory and ability to share in print.
My Mother was the spiritual pillar in the household, who taught us to pray, to sing praises, to yearn to learn as  we worshiped in the little  Church building in the country with Dad at the wheel with his full support. How beautifully they confirmed each other as a team as they esteemed each other day by day. The little Church Building, known as “St. Paul’s, was just where me met for Worship and recieving instruction.  The Church is the People of God, the Body of Christ who gather there. When I first began to heed the call of  God to share the Good News of  Salvation made available through Jesus as Saviour and Lord, I taught Sunday School there.  Shortly after I began to share the Good News as a commisioned Lay Reader (Lay Minister) before finally plunging in to be prepared for Ordination in a trustworthy Anglican College in Saskatoon Sask. God has so fulfilled His calling  and preparing and empowering of me and enabled me to Preach and Teach the Gospel for more than 60 years.

The story would be very incomplete without the knowledge that my beloved wife and Mother of our four great children, Ruth, has stood and laboured at my side in the perfect harmony that has made our life together a testimony to His goodness and power to take of our weakness and make it His strength for His Glory and Praise. Right up to the very recent passing away of Ruth in Holyrood Manor, where she received such loving care from the staff, she continued to show forth the Love of God to the staff and patients alike, thus bringing Glory to God, as we are all called upon to do. I could not say less.

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