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Sibling Reunion

10 Feb

Last weekend (Waitangi Weekend Celebration) we enjoyed a wonderful time in Christchurch with siblings and spouses. We have been having this reunion on the same weekend for the past 4 years and this year was full of fun, talk, serious moments and eating. We went punting on the Avon River, rode the gondola to the Gondola Restaurant and watched NZ lose the finals of the Sevens Rugby tournament.

The highlight for me was the 10 of us celebrating communion together on the Sunday morning and having a free and open session of sharing around the central tenets of the faith for 2 hours. What a heritage our parents left us that all 5 siblings and our spouses were comfortable to share this Love Feast together. We mused on our differences, yet rejoiced in the centrality of the fact that God became incarnate in Christ and has given us a hope that is stronger than death.

Together on New Brighton Pier in Christchurch

Together on New Brighton Pier in Christchurch

punting on the Avon River

punting on the Avon River

 
2 Comments

Posted by on 10 February, 2009 in Family, Uncategorized

 

2 Responses to Sibling Reunion

  1. Don&Nan Murdoch

    11 February, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Doug – You don’t know us*, but we’ve been blessed by reading your Diary from its beginning. This entry, to me, is “holy ground”. Surely your family’s heritage is beyond measure. Has anything been written of your parents lives? >

    > ‘…What a heritage our parents left us that all 5 siblings and our spouses were comfortable to share this Love Feast together. We mused on our differences, yet rejoiced in the centrality of the fact that God became incarnate in Christ and has given us a hope that is stronger than death….'<
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    *[We’re well known by your commenter GregB.]

     
  2. Doug

    17 February, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    There was a book written by my sister from interviews with Mum and Dad about their lives. It covered their time as missionaries in China (from 1939 – 1945) and later in ministry within the Baptist Churches of NZ. There has been a lot of interest in it – they certainly had some interesting experiences, but so far there have been no firm plans to publish it for a wider audience.

     

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