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DAY 65:    Friday 22 May





Good morning all,


There are many times in this modern world when I feel at a disadvantage to the younger generation particularly in relation to the latest tech. Whilst other church groups have been running live virtual meetings online for the past 10 weeks, we have not depending on pre-recorded materials and devotions being distributed by email.


I know that some of you are conversant with the operation of Facetime, Facebook, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and many other social media platforms, but not me (at least, not yet!). So often searching for a song, an historical memory or news item, Google will return something that happened or was created in 2015, rather than 1955. Music searches are often dominated by the latest trends and artistes and you have to dig deeper to find anything more than 10 years old.


It seems that anything that is not ‘current’ is considered unimportant and so we, the older generation, can sometimes feel inadequate and even isolated.


But there is something we can do much better than any of the ‘youngsters’ – we can confidently declare ‘I remember when…’  


I remember when milk was delivered by horse and cart.


I remember when to make a phone call you had to go inside a red steel cubicle at the corner of the street – nobody in our street had a telephone in their home.


I remember when I could fill my first car with petrol and get change from one pound.


One of the undeniable riches of older age is that we have a bountiful stash of I remember when’s.


Here's a Country song entitled ‘Remember When’ by Alan Jackson >>>


Even in our Christian and church life we have a mountain of ‘remember when’s’ which younger generations have not yet acquired (but they will as the years pass).

I remember when we sang hymns with verses and choruses which ended after the final verse, where now in some modern worship songs, the tune comprises just 5 notes repeating 27 times!

I remember when the Bible was available in just one version, King James, where now we have literally scores of English versions to choose from and I think that is good that it is accessible and understandable to more people.

I remember when ladies in church always wore a hat and were never allowed to wear trousers or jeans.

I remember when my very young son coming home from Sunday School and asking what it was like in Flood, as if I had been around at the time of Noah!


Yesterday I had a short conversation (at a distance) with a lady in the park speculating on how much longer the restrictions will remain in force. We both agreed that maybe by this time next year, we will be saying ‘I remember when’ to think back to these days we are living through right now.

I remember when the skies and the roads were so quiet

I remember when the air was cleaner and less polluted.

I remember when we had to queue to get into a supermarket.

I remember when going to the Council Refuse Tip was a day trip.

I remember when people walked instead of automatically jumping in their cars.

I remember when we would cross over the road to avoid passing too close to someone else.


Throughout the Old Testament God was constantly reminding his people to remember what he had done for them; delivering them from Egypt, leading them through the wilderness for 40 years, bringing them to the Promise Land, and guiding them to wins battles. God said they should remember never to forget and tell their children and grandchildren ‘I remember when’.


Deuteronomy 4:9 - Be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Psalm 77:11 - I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.



There are no Family News updates for today, so just an amusing song for you to sing to finish.



Here’s an amusing parody of the Sound of Music song ‘Raindrops on Roses (My Favourite Things)’ which was allegedly sung by Dame Julie Andrews at one of her major birthday do’s, but there is no evidence she ever did actually sung these words.


However, you can have a go for yourselves, (I apologise that because of computer problems yesterday, there’s no backing track today).


Cough drops and nose drops and needles for knitting,

walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,

bundles of magazines all tied up in string,

these are a few of my favourite things.


Arthritis and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,

Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses.

Pacemakers, golf carts and soft garden swings,

these are a few of my favourite things.


When the pipes leak, when the bones creak,

when the knees go bad,

I simply remember my favourite things,

and then I don't feel so bad.


Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,

no spicy hot food or food cooked with onions.

Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals on wheels,

these are a few of my favourite things.


Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',

thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',

and we won't mention our short, shrunken frames,

when we remember our favourite things.


When the joints ache, when the hips break,

when the eyes grow dim,

I simply remember the great life I've had,

and then I don't feel so bad!



Enjoy today, hopefully more tomorrow