I have just posted an article which might give you a helpful spiritual backdrop to the last few days. If you haven’t read it, just in case you miss it, click here.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to the word ‘Earworm’. It sounds like a medical condition (and maybe there is such a thing!) but the context in which this word was used was actually a musical condition.
Almost twelve years ago, on a sunny day somewhere near the middle of the year 2000, Annie and I began planning for perhaps the most significant and wonderful day of our lives together. I’m being vague about specifics because I don’t have the exact dates either to mind or to hand! But as we experience and enjoy the beginning of this present summer heatwave, all of my senses are heightened, directed and employed in recollecting that evening when I asked Annie to marry me and the joyful year that followed when we began planning our wedding day.
A doctor, a nurse and a hospice worker all walked into a bedroom. There’s no punchline; that was how this morning began! Although it does bring to mind the old ‘How many ________ does it take to change a lightbulb?’ joke format.
I don’t think that there has ever been a time in my life where the subject of God’s Sovereignty has been so powerfully prevalent to Annie and me as it has in the last couple of months. Trying to recall a time seems futile because I feel if there was such a time, it would not have been so easily forgotten! I’m careful to write ‘the subject of’ because – of course – the fact of God’s Sovereignty surrounds and permeates all things irrespective of my conscious contemplation of it. God’s Sovereignty is not dependant on my realisation of it! Continue reading
Just a few photos of our visit to the Avoncroft Museum last Saturday – the highlight being the copious amounts of tea in the Edwardian tearoom! And two random shots of our trip to Hayes a couple of weeks ago just to give you a picture (albeit taken from the inside of our moving vehicle!) of the Malvern Hills near to where we live and the lush bright yellow rapeseed (canola) fields that are out in bloom this time of year.
This week I was watching the Q&A session from the 2011 ‘Desiring God’ Pastors’ Conference. The panel included Francis Chan, Paul Miller, Joel Beeke, Jerry Rankin and John Piper. During the session the pastors were each asked to comment on ‘prayerlessness’ in the church today. It may surprise you that some of these Pastors recognised this as something they too struggle with in their own lives and ministries from time to time.
I recently mentioned that Annie and I are reading through the latest book by Joni Earekson Tada, ‘A Place of Healing’. I’ve always known about Joni. But for the most part I’ve associated her with the distant, dated image memories of my childhood; that seventies movie on VHS cassette with wobbly audio and the exceptionally thick paperback book my Mom had complete with a section of black and white snapshots including the scene where Joni had her accident and Joni painting incredible pictures with a thin paintbrush carefully held between her teeth. As a kid, I was never much of a reader and so what I learned about Joni I learned through images; mesmerized by her ability and horrified by her accident. My enduring impression of her was someone I felt sad and sorry for.
Just a brief post!
It’s the second day of a new month. It’s Wednesday. It’s the beginning of month eight of Annie’s six month prognosis. We just had a visit from our community hospice nurse. The visit was short and sweet; but more about that later…