DAY 116: Wednesday 29 July
Good morning all
Today is email number 116 although because we reduced the frequency earlier this month, it is actually 133 days since our first daily email and 137 days since we last held a service at the Chapel on Sunday 15 March.
On this day in 1588, England’s Sir Francis Drake finally defeated the ‘invincible’ Spanish Armada off the coast of northern France and on this day in 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.
We are comfortable when we can remember the important dates in our lives such as birthdays and anniversaries. We obviously remember Christmas Day is 25 December, but Easter is somewhat more tricky as the date changes each year. Then there are the special national days – for the French it is 14 July whilst in USA they celebrate 4 July. Today is 29 July and this day in 1958 saw the creation of NASA in USA which was in response to Russia launching their satellite ‘Sputnik 1’ nine months earlier in October 1957 and then ‘Sputnik 2’ one month later.
But too often we feel guilty when we forget important dates – wedding anniversary or family birthday. We may also forget or overlook other important dates and appointments – missing hospital or dental appointments, or even missing a court appearance!! That is why over centuries diaries have recorded and reminded important events and dates. Sometimes simple diary entries would be recorded in more detail in a journal which years later could end up being published in a book should we, for whatever reason, have become famous.
Much of the New Testament and especially the synoptic Gospel writings and the book of Acts are records of events and teachings. Throughout the whole Bible notable dates are written and many of those in the Old Testament are still celebrated to this day in the Jewish festivals, such as Passover. Whether we trace a recorded event to a precise calendar date is less important than trusting the record of the event and the symbolism represented. Timing is often important to us more completely understanding the event whether it be hours or days or years.
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. (Proverbs 4:5)
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 102:2)
Whilst we may not always remember important dates, here’s an important fact to remember throughout today –
This is the day that the Lord has made (Psalm 118:24) >>> THIS IS THE DAY
No further update from Vera but she is appreciating your letters and cards
Charlotte Green had another ‘turn’ on Saturday and was admitted to Good Hope again. Not only is the uncertainty of a diagnosis causing distress to Charlotte who’s 18th birthday is tomorrow, but David & Rachael are also greatly troubled by this situation. Please pray for the whole family and that the neurologist consultant will soon be able to identify and treat the cause.
All the ordered copies of Word for Today (Aug – Oct) have now been delivered but we still have some further copies available. If you would like a free copy of this daily Bible reading resource, let us know and we’ll get one delivered to your letterbox.
Several of you have been enquiring about the progress of the Chapel building work and as at yesterday, all the new doors are hung including the new exterior door. There is still a lot of work to do but the progress has been really encouraging and we know will be appreciated by all of you (when you do finally get in to see it).
Ciaran has produced his latest newsletter which is attached to this email if you’re interested. Ciaran has also set up his own YouTube channel entitled ‘The Word’ featuring some of his poetry, favourite Scriptures and prayers. Here’s the link >>> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1S00-s5TA3eqmQFDyfs4TA/featured
MAKE YOU SMILE:
Seven things your mother would never have said –
1. “How on earth can you see the TV sitting that far back?”
2. “Just leave all the lights on … it makes the house look more cheery.”
3. “Let me smell that shirt — Yeah, it’s good for another week.”
4. “Leave all the doors wide open – it lets the heat circulate.”
5. “Well, if Johnny’s mummy says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”
6. “I don’t have any tissues with me… just use your sleeve.”
7. “Don’t bother wearing a jacket – the wind-chill is bound to improve.”
Have a good day, continue to stay safe and we’ll be in touch again for Sunday