Hello everyone! Yesterday evening we watched the X Factor as we recorded it for my daughter Cathy, but it was worse than ever; the only really decent act which was Danyl was slammed in a round about way by Danni, Cheryl and Louis, so he might be leaving this week. Even Simon was not as discerning as he can be as a judge, so it was a stressful experience for us. The talent is one of the poorest at performance, after so much initial promise, so I am not wasting any more time on it.
This morning our service was led by the minister Nick Witham from Starbeck, who captured the children’s attention, when he did the children’s address. He brought a rucksack which fascinated the children, as he asked them what they considered their most valuable possession, which they would save from a fire; a member of the congregation said family photos, another said his wife, and a child decided on her teddy! He showed us what he would have saved as a priority, namely his war games comics of which he has 300 and then football brochures from his favourite team and even old newspapers from the 1950’s and 1930’s from a clearout of his grandparents house!! None of these would be of such value to me, I must admit, but I would want to make sure that my beloved was safely out. Nick then reminded the children and indeed all of us of how valuable we are to God.
For his sermon he again reminded us that we were special and valuable to God, but that has brought some responsibility with it. He described a shopping expedition with his wife, when he waited ages outside changing rooms whilst she tried on a new outfit for him to tell her how she looked in it. From this story he reminded us that we are the people of God, as it says in Colossians 3 v 12; ‘You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.’ We are to ‘clothe’ ourselves with the qualities which Jesus showed us. As we are loved and accepted by God, he wants us to share that with others, and only as we ‘clothe’ ourselves with compassion, kindness and other such qualities can we draw others to experience God’s unconditional love and realise how valuable they are in his sight. Although the gifts we are to cultivate may not be considered important to most people they are true signs of those who follow the Lord.
Lunch today was a miracle, especially compared to the last time my beloved prepared diced pork for a meal. Today the meat melted in the mouth and ample flavour permeated the meal after my beloved used his culinary skills to prepare it. First he used a rolling pin to flatten and break the toughness of the meat, then he chopped it into smaller pieces, and finally cooked it for longer; the result was delicious tender meat served in a spicy curry sauce with brown saffron rice! My beloved’s many culinary skills paid off and we had a really tasty lunch; I am so fortunate to have such a talented hubby! This is the day that the Lord has made and I rejoice and am glad in it.