Because of the poor weather conditions, it has been difficult to meet regularly. However I managed to make this reunion and I had a lovely time as usual. Our hosts prepared some sumptuous food, including paella, and beef hot pot Spanish way. Not only it is an opportunity for all the participants to practise their Spanish but also to exchange our views on life in general; social and political concerns were on the ad-hoc agenda along with comments on the Queen's fantastic appearance in the James Bond scenario for the opening ceremony of the Olympic games !
If you are tempted to come along, do get in touch.
Have a blessed evening! N.
You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played Amazing Grace, the workers began to weep.
They wept, I wept, we all wept together.
When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothing like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
Apparently I'm still lost …. it's a man thing.
E-mailed to SJAbram from S.Hodson, photo, courtesy of SJAbram
Do you have any children? Do you like to know that they are safe home! The other day, I was talking to a colleague who is the same age as me more or less but whose children are in their thirties and she told me: 'you never stop worrying about them'! My mum used to worry a lot about me and I understand why, I was a rebel and I went wild. At the time, I could not see it so in my view she shouldn't have worried at all. In those days, I did not read the bible so I was a lost sheep! Not any more! It's no surprise that my favorite verses are the following: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:4-7, 19.
These days, I find it difficult to have time to watch TV and when I do, I want to watch quality entertainment! Am I too fussy? I thought that I should take action. Now and again I go to HMV where they have a fair selection but I am so busy that I can't be bother. So I looked on Amazon and I found two films that seem interesting, Courageous and The Grace Card! If you have watched them and enjoyed them, let me know!
First let me tell you some amazing news from the Middle-East! Our Middle-East correspondent John based on the Mount of Olives, in Israel, is all excited about what he has just seen, somebody called Jesus managed to save an adulterous woman from being stoned.The governors, respectable names in the area, brought her in the square and got their mates ready to stone her. This 32 young old man responding to the name of Jesus was there too. Our reporter John says that Jesus stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground as though he heard them not. The woman was petrified as her accusers were still going on saying that they caught her in the very act of having an affair. Somehow Jesus got up and told them straight: - He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her! Well, they all shut up and one by one being convicted by their own conscience turn round and left. Our journalist stood back but kept listening, Jesus asked the woman where were her accusers, did any of them accuse her? She said No man, Lord! Then Jesus said to her: Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.
We have asked our journalist John to let us know if there is any more development on this case!
At Easter, Steven booked us in a new CL as the one we used to go had shut. So we arrived at Marshbank farm at about 2 p.m. and were impressed straight away by the site! From a practical point of view, the grass was well cut and dry, the owner welcoming. He insisted that we should park our car outside the grassed area which was fair enough!
I just loved to look at the small family of lambs, ewes and rams. Further on the bank before the marsh, dozens of shell ducks were gathered minding their own business...at time being pretty noisy :)
On the Wednesday we met up with auntie Wendy and uncle Peter, cousin June and cousin Franck and had lunch. It was an emotional reunion as we spoke of Dad and remembered the good times when he was around.
These are a few photos I took as we went to the center of Southport. Steven went to visit his old school, Christ Church Higher grade School. It has been partially converted in a sport shop The rest of the week went fast. We also visited Churchtown botanical gardens and were appalled at the state of a few birds looking pretty sad and bored!
We enjoyed meeting up with our friends Cuan and Jeff at the Christian bookshop . I found enough books to keep me busy until half-term and I will review them later. On Sunday, we attended a lively service St Simon and St Jude with All Souls Church is situated on Old Park Lane
How was your Easter break? I went back to work yesterday for 2 inset days and it feels surreal to think that last Friday we were admiring a beautiful sunset over the Banks!
Have a peaceful or exciting week-end! Yours in Christ. N.