DAY 62: Tuesday 19 May
TODAY’S THE DAY
When I mentioned in yesterday’s email about the floral tributes on the gate at Rectory Park, I didn’t realise that several of you knew Jamie and Becky.
From your feedback I can add to the sad story that Jamie was not only coach to the Sutton United Football Club, but he was also a teacher at John Willmott. He had been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer of the kidney not that long ago.
They were expecting a baby due at the end of May and when it was realised he didn’t have long to live, it was decided that Becky would undergo a caesarean section 2 weeks before her baby was due so Jamie was able to see and hold his baby daughter just 48 hours before he died.
Such a sad story amongst many others in these days and whilst most of us didn’t know either Jamie or Becky, we can certainly remember Becky and the new baby in our prayers.
Today is the 19 May and on this day -
In 1536, Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason
In 1568, Queen Elizabeth has Mary Queen of Scots arrested
In 1898, William Gladstone, former UK Prime Minister died from heart failure aged 88
In 1900, the world's longest rail tunnel (Simplon) linking Italy and Switzerland opens
In 1935, Welsh soldier Thomas Lawrence, otherwise known as Laurence of Arabia, died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 46
From some far-off galaxy so many years ago, Paul Roberts was born and eventually came to settle in Springfield Road
In 1993, the Steven Spielberg film ‘Jurassic Park’ was premiered
In 1999, the first episode of Star Wars – The Phantom Menace film was released in cinemas
in 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – how so much has moved on in just 24 months!
Today’s the day, Tuesday 19 May, when Karen and I would have attended the Chapel Coffee Morning and then after lunch, would have hitched up our caravan and travelled to the CCCF annual national rally which was to have been held at Red Hill Christian Centre near Stratford upon Avon.
Throughout our lives we are continually planning for future events and through this pandemic, millions of planned events have had to be postponed or cancelled. Thousands of wedding arrangements have had to be changed; birthday and anniversary celebrations have been changed; sporting events and leagues have had to suspend this season; and thousands of places of worship have closed their doors and are still unsure when they will reopen.
Because of the repetitive nature of lockdown, many people have not welcomed another new day but instead grumble ‘another day when we can’t go out or do anything!’ But the time will come when life events can resume – we don’t know exactly when, but we can look forward to being able once again to meet with family and friends.
Then we will once again be able to say, ‘today’s the day when….’
We will be able to make plans for the future and on that day. once again, we’ll be able to say, ‘today’s the day when we are going to…..’
In the meantime, today we can be assured that ‘Today’s the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it’ (Psalm 118).
We often sing those words in the song >>> THIS IS THE DAY
There are many encouraging verses of confidence in that Psalm 118 so take time to read through it today.
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 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)
- Sheila is still waiting to be told the date for her procedure in QE hospital, so hopefully ‘Today’s the day when she will be told the plan’.
- Sylvia Gilmour is back home with John following 2 weeks recuperation at her son’s in Lutterworth which was to protect both Sylvia and John from any possible infection following her stay in hospital. Now they are back together again at home, please pray her physical recovery will soon be complete.
MAKE YOU SMILE: - Newspaper ads
Mixing bowl set designed to please any cook with a round bottom for efficient beating.
For sale; Antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.
Dog for sale. Eats anything and is fond of children.
Man wanted to work in dynamite factory, must be willing to travel.