DAY 100: Friday 26 June
CENTURY - NOT OUT !
Good morning yet again – for the 100th time in fact!
The latest score from the Falcon Lodge Chapel versus Covid-19 Test Match is that Groves is still playing and has just clocked up his first century! He has been playing the early morning breakfast innings and we wait to see if he gets bowled over (or bowled out) by tea. But if tea comes with a slice of Karen’s Bakery delicious Coffee & Walnut cake, then he may still be in play after tea!
More seriously, as you all realise this is the 100th daily email but we didn’t get a congratulation message from the Palace, nor indeed an acknowledgement or blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury who I don’t know personally although Karen did have an interesting chat with him a few years ago when she was telling him about Falcon Lodge Chapel.
So after 100 editions people are asking how many more we will be writing. The answer is we don’t know but over the next week or so, we are hoping to get the Chapel leadership team together again (safely distanced of course) for a discussion on how we should begin to reintroduce some of our groups and meetings. My intention when I penned the first daily email was that despite the Chapel being physically closed for a long period, we needed to retain the togetherness that has always marked our church fellowship.
When it started I didn’t know for how many, although had speculated possibly 90-120 days, and now we are thinking of re-opening diaries and making provisional plans, the time when we can meet in person should be getting nearer. Obviously whenever we do reopen the Chapel gates, things will be very different from the last times we were together in the building on Sunday 15 March and Tuesday 17 March. We are going to have to put in place strict regimes of distancing and cleansing and devise safe ways of sharing time and tea together.
Reverting to the theme of century -
Abraham was 100 years old when he received the promise that he would have a son and Sarah was 90 years old at the time.
The ‘hundred years war’ between England and France actually lasted 116 years, from 1337 – 1453.
While our younger readers know there are 100 pence in one pound, those of a certain age will recall it used to be 240 pence in a pound.
One hundred can imply completeness or ultimate yield. Jesus told a parable about a farmer sowing seed. Here’s the parable as recorded by Luke -
Luke 8:5-8 - A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
The parable illustrates how the condition of the soil decides the crop – if we are hard-hearted, reckless or get in with the wrong people, the Word of God is stifled. But good soil brings forth 100-fold, that’s an increase of 10,000 percent – impressive growth indeed !
Continue to pray that the seeds of truth and goodness we have each sown over the past 3 months in the lives of friends, neighbours and family will bring forth an abundant crop.
Here’s a Hymnalong for today >>> COME ON AND CELEBRATE
Vera has been getting out of bed and moving about a little. Yesterday she had a CT scan and is still awaiting results and diagnosis to establish what further treatment may be required.
MAKE YOU SMILE: