And the listeners were giggling - enjoying the story....
In her delightful voice she read his words - his story... "So I took a shot, actually shovelled that tiny puck up out of the slush – with all of the slush flying, everywhere. The puck went higher than the lights into the dark night,
When it went out of sight, everyone paused, sky gazing – no one could see it. Neither could I. Suspense. We had a lot of spectators that night, all of them were silent, waiting.
Even the goalie just stood there then before he could even react.
it came down right beside him and slid into the net for a goal
We won the game The tournament
I was the hero!"
The audience loved it -- a story of an underdog becoming an unlikely hero!
The Chasing the light Book Launch & Art Show was a success in every way - turn out, sales, friends, mood, beauty and creativity.
To make this event such a success a million pieces needed to come together - and they did.
First of all thank you to all those who showed up - it was amazing to see you! Even staunch supporters of Cliff like David Loewen and Harold Jantz - showed up - always there for Cliff right from the beginning as former Search Committee members. There were all the artists - gorgeous paintings, water color, photography art, oil & acrylic, alcohol ink - pottery. There were the writers represented who had authored their own books. These artists and writers were the back bone of the show.
But then there were the organizers, Paige Buhler - art curator - Wow! Glen Klassen who brought the tables, Merlene Bullman who took care of the "Square" - and solved all of the accounting problems. John Longhurst who helped promote the event with his article in the Winnipeg Free Press. Syras Derksen - pastor of Maplecrest for sponsoring the event and Park Theatre for hosting it. Lisa Brown who oversaw the book table. Lillian Vincent for helping with the sales.
It could not have come together with all of those volunteers who ushered, helped, guided, carried and offered those gentle words of encouragement throughout!
And a big thank you to the customers, those who supported the event by buying pieces of art, the books and those who even bought my "wonky" candy dishes.
Most remarkable were the "fingerprints" of God over the event that again reminded us of Cliff - who at the end of his life expressed constant gratitude to his God and the "fingerprints of God on his life."
Last time we had a show - it rained buckets. This time the weather for November show was amazing - allowing us to load and unload easily.
Oh yes - and for those of you who are wondering. I did have a moment. It was when I was helping to put up Cliff's painting along the edge of the stage. Marianne and the worship team were practicing their songs for the morning service -suddenly Cliff showed up - powerfull presence, and I cried into the plastic bags I was carrying.
It was perfect.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. - Albert Schweitzer
Cliff's book is now available on Amazon.....