DAY 101: Saturday 27 June
TODAY’S THE DAY
Good morning all
Well, we made it through the centenary celebration day and now we’re into day 101. Yesterday morning a man in a van pulled up outside to deliver another anonymous box of beautiful flowers from Cornwall. We presume they were sent by the same kind person who sent flowers on our 50th edition. Whoever you are, Karen and I say many, many thanks, and God bless you.
Exactly 40 days ago on Day 61, I reported having seen floral tributes being attached to the gate of Rectory Park. Several of you provided additional detail that it was in memory of Jamie who was the coach at Sutton United Football Club and also a teacher at John Willmott. Yesterday afternoon we found our road packed with parked cars and later discovered that it was because of a special remembrance event in Rectory Park for Jamie. There were so many people attending; staff and pupils from the school; football players and friends of all generations and also some police officers who were able to ensure a safe gathering. The funeral service with the obviously restricted numbers of family permitted followed in St Chad’s Church. It all demonstrated how respected and loved was this man.
It also reminded me of how quickly the time seems to have been passing over the past weeks. It’s 40 days since I saw those floral tributes on the gate and yet it only seems like last week! The theme of the email the next day (day 62) when I was able to share more information about Jamie and Becky and their new baby daughter was ‘Today’s the Day’.
When people who knew Jamie woke up yesterday morning, they may have said ‘today’s the day we go to remember and celebrate Jamie’s life’. When you and I woke yesterday morning, we may have said ‘looks like it’s going to be another hot day’. Or maybe we didn’t think anything particular about yesterday (or today) – ‘it’s just another day I’m stuck at home, can’t go out and won’t be doing anything interesting.’
2000 years ago, the Disciples of Jesus may have been wondering what the day would bring – would it be more of the same – when would their leader stand up for himself against those plotting religious leaders? Then the prophecy from the Old Testament would be fulfilled –
Psalm 118:22-24 - The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvellous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
Does this make any difference to the way we will spend today? Well certainly we shouldn’t waste a brand-new unused day with grumbling. The Sun may or may not shine today; we may or may not get a thunderstorm; but come what may, this is the day the Lord has made so let’s make the most of it. Let’s do something today to make it memorable. For a start how about picking up the phone to speak to someone you haven’t spoken to since March?
And when in the future we look back to these difficult times, may we be able to say:
‘That day was the day I was able to help and encourage someone else who was having a hard time.’
‘That day was the day I found real peace in troubled times.’
‘That day was the day I stopped allowing regrets from the past to destroy my present and future.’
‘That day was the day I experienced joy beyond any human explanation.’
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow it empties today of its strength. (Corrie Ten Boom)
Here’s the Hymnalong for today >>> THIS IS THE DAY
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MAKE YOU SMILE: (thanks to Linda Lord)
Folk in Heaven
I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door,
not by the beauty of it all, not by the lights or the décor.
But it was the folk in heaven who made me splutter and gasp,
the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice,
next to him was my old neighbour who never said anything nice.
Uncle Bill, who I always thought was rotting down in Hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus, “What’s going on, I should love to hear your take
how all these sinners get up here? God must have made a mistake.
And why’s everyone so quiet, so sombre? Give me a clue.”
“Hush my child” said He. “they’re all in shock....
no one expected they’d see you!”