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Chapter 176 [Day 364]: Wednesday 17 March





Firstly, to all you of Irish ancestry, Happy St Patrickís Day!!



So, what has happened this week that made you smile?


We began the week by watching a documentary about The Vicar of Dibley TV series. I think it is probably like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. I am in the former group. What I didnít realise was that the series started within about six months of the ordination of the first woman in the Church of England, so was actually very topical. It was lovely to see the actors again, many of whom are no longer with us. A few years ago, we were caravanning nearby and went to visit the village where the series was filmed. It is really very pretty.


I am now going to let you into a little secret. I am a bit of a fan of the TV programme Ď GPís Behind Closed Doorsí on Channel 5. The last few series have been filmed at Hall Green Medical Centre in Birmingham. It is fascinating listening in to the patients and the doctors and I have a new admiration for doctorís patience (not patients!). Sometimes it can be sad when you listen to what people have been through and the doctor is so caring, other times it can be quite funny. Letís face it over the last 12 months the tellyís the only way you can get to see a doctor!


It is lovely to see Spring appearing in the garden. The flowers are coming out and we have pink blossom on one of our trees. It is wonderful to know that despite all that has gone during the last 12 months God is faithful, and the seasons come around just as always. I know a lot of people have started to grow their own fruit and vegetables over the last year and that is wonderful to taste the Ďfruití of your labours. We, sadly, donít have the space in the garden to do that.


I have this week though developed the skill of making daffodil crutches. The rain and wind had flattened some of the newly blooming flowers so, armed with old branches of the fuchsia I had pruned, I made crutches to help them stand up again. Isnít it amazing what we can do when we have to?


A Bible verse for all you gardeners out there: Galatians 6 v 9 Ė At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we donít give up


On Saturday my daily verse was from Psalm 19 v 4 Ė Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord.


So how many of you are singing that now? The power of 1970ís pop music!


The reading speaks about gossiping and I am sure we have all been guilty of that at some time in our lives. A little bit of news doesnít seem too harmful to pass on surely? However, how put yourself into the place of the person you are talking about. How would you feel if it were you? What seems like a harmless story could be anything but. The Bible tells us that we should think about what we are saying and make sure it is only good and acceptable to the Lord. Next time you are about to tell someone something, stop and ask yourself the question, and if the answer is no, then stop and donít say it.


So letís go back to 1978 and join me singing along with Boney M. >>>


Have a great week and hopefully by this time next week I will have completed my current quilt!


Karen x




Ken Franklin has asked us to pass on his thanks for the birthday cards he received last weekend.




Notices which have appeared outside churches:

 Give God whatís right, not whatís left

 A lot of kneeling will leave you in good standing

 Are you wrinkled with burdens? Come to Church for a faith-lift

 This Church is faith-conditioned

 Plan ahead; it wasnít raining when Noah built the Ark



 If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

 No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

 Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.



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