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  • Down to the wire...

    It doesn't happen often, thankfully, but today is one of those days where I got up and rewrote my sermon.

    This week the dreaded lurgy made mincemeat of my mind, and on Friday I penned the first, and then the second versions, neither of which felt adequate, but time and mental capacity were lacking.

    Last night I decided it was either blag it or rewrite it - as I am still coughing and snuffling (and wondering if this is, afterall, the recurring lurgy people talk about), rewrite won.  So, with roughly thirty minutes until I need to to be out of the house, I have a sermon that'll have to do.

    Looking forward to a child blessing, and to sharing with these lovely folk.

  • 100 Years Young...

    This morning I popped into the care home long the road from me, where our current eldest member resides.

    Today "Miss A" has her 100th birthday, and the staff have certainly pulled out the stops for her.

    When I walked into the lounge, I was greeted by huge balloon '100', a table laden with cards, and bouquets from such august organisations as Glasgow City Council.  The birthday girl, clad in her favourite pink, was in good heart, and looking forward to seeing many visitors during the day.

    We chatted a little about her long life, and I prayed with her after dropping off my own card and a small gift. 

    I had to smile to myself that she seemed decidedly underwhelmed when one of the carers told her there was a card from the Queen waiting for her to open later, but was equally thrilled that I couldn't come to her party because I was leading a Baptism preparation class.

    I hope a wonderful day is enjoyed by this woman, who never ceases to amaze me, and with whom it is always a privilege to spend time.

  • Good Question...

    I saw this question posted by 'Unvirutous Abbey' on Facebook (it's probably on Twitter as well) and it's a really good one.  The responses to it were interesting, mostly very gracious, some very funny, and a lot quite thoughtful.  We won't mention those that were paragraphs.

    Among those I liked were along the lines of...

    • That bit about loving your neighbour, I meant it.
    • This book is full of truth, even if not everything is factual.
    • I gave you a brain, use it.
    • No animals were harmed in the writing of this story (!)
    • If you read it all, and think you understood it, you didn't, start again.
    • If you use anything in this book against others, you read it wrong

    So, what would you add? Sensible or silly?