Archive for August, 2013

What is Normal?

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We are grateful for the many significant opportunities God continues to provide for speaking and ministry opportunities. It seems we have constantly been traveling throughout the first three years of retirement; we enjoy the trips and the margin to relish the journey, but often find ourselves wondering what life would be like if we were home all the time.

I’m posting some of the photos of the beautiful gardens we enjoyed on our recent vacation in Austria and Switzerland. As well as the drive through the Alps and delighting in mountain vistas, walks through the parks and relaxing in these beautiful settings were a pleasant contrast to exhausting sight-seeing excursions. Meanwhile, we find ourselves facing an unprecedented six weeks …

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Not Our Usual Landscape

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Vacations have always been somewhat of an enigma to me. On the occasions we were able to get away from work responsibilities for a few days, vacation time was usually seizing a rare opportunity to visit with family. The few times we went to the beach or mountains were never real escapes from the emergency phone calls, demands of public relations crises and the temptation to clear a full email inbox. The result was arriving home exhausted to face a mountain of accumulated work demanding attention.

So, our two weeks in the Alps of Austria and Switzerland was that elusive vacation  experience of long walks in alpine villages, unlimited meditation and devotional times by a lakeside vista and a delightful …

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From Bavaria to Salzburg and Vienna

Posted on August 6, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Following the Moldovan missionary conference we began an alpine vacation with a couple of days in Garmisch, the heart of Bavarian country. Staying in a quaint bed and breakfast we relaxed strolling the narrow pedestrian-only thoroughfares lined with shops, side-walk cafes and cascading flowers from every window box and balcony.

Unbeknownst to us we arrived at the beginning of a local weeklong festival which featured a parade of locals in their alpine dress accompanied by a band playing Bavarian music. Throughout the streets, in parks and in many of the restaurants groups played accordions and stringed instruments with an occasional omm-pah-pah tuba. It was there I began my diet-defying over-indulgence of wiener schnitzel. bratwurst and sour kraut, and apple strudel.…

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