I’m sitting at home waiting for my dog Peanut to come out of sedation at the vets. He had blood on his face this morning and it’s possible he had an abscessed tooth. Like I said before, thank God for pet insurance and dental insurance. He will have to undergo a general anethestic soon and have his whole mouth and teeth seen to after all he is 13 ½.
I was invited a couple of weeks ago to do a blessing for the University of Victoria Pasifika Festival week. In my mind since I got such late notice was to go and if there were enough Samoans we would sing a Samoan hymn and I would pray a blessing and that was it. Dame Luamanuvao Winnie Laban the Deputy Vice Chancellor Pasifika had a quick word to me when I arrive. “When you do your homily can you mention the impact that China is having on the Pacific?” OMG I didn’t realise I was doing a homily! Anyway, I ad-libed a homily and mentioned China as friend or foe and what does it mean for us to love our neighbours and that we did not want a militarised Pacific. I used the verse from John 10:10 I came that you might have life and life in all its fullness. I asked the question “what does fullness of life look like for you and me? What does fullness of life look like when facing king tides and rising sea levels?”
So, I guess that’s a question we can ask ourselves too “what does fullness of life look like for you and I?” In the midst of doing LIFE how do the trials and tribulations of life we experience enable us to live our life to the fullest in the midst of the struggle and the pain? I leave that question with you to mull over this week. Fei
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