Chapter 183 [Day 385]: Wednesday 7 April
Snippets from the quilting table (sadly still empty!)
This past week has seen me enter the Ďtechnoí world. I am only 12 months late but better late than never I suppose!
During the last year I have been on shielding, like so many of you. Wesley has consequently done all the shopping but last week I went to Sainsburys (oh the new-found joy of a shop)
I learned how to use the Smartshop machine. That may not seem exciting to you, but it was great scanning the items and packing them. I always wanted to work on the checkouts at Sainsburys, so it was the next best thing.
Then later that day I downloaded Zoom onto my laptop and learned how to use it and even hosted a short meeting (albeit with Wesley)! Apart from needing the program to join the communion service on Sunday morning, it enabled me to live-chat with my friend Starla in South Carolina. I havenít had a live-chat with her for almost 9 years. Needless to say, we chatted very happily on Friday afternoon for almost an hour. It was so lovely and will now be a weekly event we hope.
It may have taken a year to get computer savvy but I donít regret not joining all of this sooner. Looking back on the last year I have learned so much and enjoyed doing things that I know I wouldnít have done if life had been normal (remember that?) I have started to read some classic literature and have just taken ownership of the complete works of Jane Austen. My sewing skills have improved greatly be it mask making or quilting and I am about to try dressmaking.
Wesley also agrees that he too has learned a great deal about using IT to prepare video services and I know we are all grateful for this use of his time over the last 12 months.
Take a moment to reflect on your own life over the past 12 months. Have you learned anything? You probably have when you give it some thought, even if it is just patience waiting for your next hair cut! Have you used it to rest and take a slower pace of life?
This has made me think of the farming method of fallowing. Fallow is a farming technique in which arable land is left without sowing for one or more vegetative cycles. The goal of fallowing is to allow the land to recover and store organic matter while retaining moisture and disrupting the lifecycles of pathogens by temporarily removing their hosts. (Source: Wikipedia)
Ecclesiastes 3 v 1-15 [NLT] sums this up really well:
A Time for Everything
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of Godís work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God.
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. Godís purpose is that people should fear him.
What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.
Hereís a song from the 1960ís you may remember >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv03OyxZShE†
Have we, as a church, been fallowed by God? If so, when we do return to Ďnormalityí, whatever that may be, will we have been renewed? Will our organic matter (our soul), be newly-filled with Godís purpose? Letís hope so.
Exciting isnít it?
∑ The online live Communion service on Easter Sunday morning had 12 participants, 11 via Zoom video and 1 by telephone. Thanks to John and his team for setting it up for us. We will let you know when we will repeat this and try to make it easier for more of you to be able to join in.
∑ A reminder of the invitation to join with members from the other local churches for another Prayer for the Lodge meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 14 April at 7:30pm.
†††††††††† †††††††††† You can also join this meeting by phone 0203 481 5237 if you do not have Zoom computer access.
†††††††††† †††††††††† Meeting ID: 865 2381 8239
†††††††††† †††††††††† Passcode:† 528541
†††††††††† or click >>> https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86523818239?pwd=cWtULzlYempnVG5HU2lZRzNGaTdWQT09
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