DAY 42: Wednesday 29 April
Good morning everyone – do you remember us?
One of the features on the new mobile phone I got this time last year is that each day when I turn it on, it can remind me in photos of events and places visited over previous years. For example, a couple of days ago back in 2012, Karen and I were in a Peruvian village on the banks of a tributary of the Amazon river from where we were taken up the mountain on the other side of the river to visit the incredible site of Machu Pichu. It was indeed, one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences. Just 2 days later on 29 April, we had moved to the city of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, Karen was very unwell and spent this day in bed in the hotel. A doctor was called but it was thought 11,200 feet elevation had caused altitude sickness and sure enough, 2 days later back at sea level, she was fine again. These are just some of the things we remember, both the good and the not so good experiences.
In this week last year, Chapel activities were just restarting after the Easter break with our Sunday service led by Alan Armstrong, Mainly4Men on the Monday evening showed the film ‘Sully’ and Lodge Ladies on the Thursday evening was also a film night showing ‘Sister Act’.
This week in 1986, the Russians admitted there had been an explosion in a nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine. This week in 1947, Thor Heyerdahl with 5 others set sail on a raft constructed of Balsa wood, equipped with a simple square sail and paddles, from the west coast of Peru on an expedition known as ‘Kon-Tiki’ to sail 4300 miles over 101 days to reach one of the South Sea Islands.
Yesterday at 11:00am our country silently remembered those key workers who have lost their lives over the past 6 weeks. Next week would have been celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day which the government considered so significant that the May Bank holiday was moved from Monday to Thursday to coincide with the planned celebrations. Now of course in the current situation plans have been changed but the country is still invited to mark VE Day by staying at home and ‘raising a glass’ at 3pm on Friday 8th May. Then come November. the nation will gather once again for Remembrance Day.
I can clearly remember where I was on the day when news came through that JFK had been shot in Dallas. I also remember exactly what I was doing when the news broke about the 911 disaster. I clearly remember the births of both of my sons just as I can the death of their mother.
Remembering is an integral part of life – we have so many memories, both good and sad, and those who through illnesses struggle with their recent memory yet can often clearly remember the past. Memories form a foundation of the balance of our whole life.
The Bible has loads of encouragement for people to ‘remember’ – the Jewish people were instructed to remember how they were brought out of captivity in Egypt and Passover is celebrated ever since to this day.
The Psalms repeatedly declare to remember God’s goodness and faithfulness – here are some…
Psalm 77:11 - I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old
Psalm 143:5 - I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands
Psalm 103:2 - Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits
Then of course, at Jesus’ final Passover celebration with his disciples, he made the request of his followers in what we now refer to as Holy Communion to ‘Do this in remembrance of me’ (Luke 22:19)
When, at some future date, we look back to these days of lockdown, I wonder if we will also remember the time when we rediscovered more of God’s faithfulness?
MAKE YOU SMILE: FUNNY WISDOM –
Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. After that forget him, you're a mile away and you've got his shoes
If you and your friend are being chased by a mad dog, don't worry about out-running the mad dog, just worry about out-running your friend
Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time because you won't have a leg to stand
If you're going to walk on thin ice you might as well dance
The Reverend Douglas Johnston was not the best of drivers. One Sunday whilst driving home from church, he unfortunately had a minor bump with a cyclist who was knocked off his bike into the ditch although thankfully not badly injured. The Vicar stopped his car, jumped out and profusely apologised offering the cyclist his calling card saying that if he could ever be of help, the man should not hesitate to call him.
When the cyclist arrived home, he looked at the card which read, 'The Reverend Douglas Johnston is sorry he missed you today.'
Finally, some of you may have seen the comedian Peter Kay on TV last weekend made up of clips from his previous shows. Here’s a clip from his appearance on RTE’s ‘Late Late Show’ from Dublin back in 2017.
I was surprised how he knew and remembered the words of hymns >>> https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1501675076547855
Stay safe, stay home and remember >>> https://youtu.be/tnekRt8cyko