Sunday, January 14, 2007
I have taken it easy this weekend. Very easy. I can't begin to tell you how weary I was last Friday. But, there has been 2 days now of rest and snoozing in the rocking chair, reflecting a lot, watching a bit of TV, reading now and then and very little else. Apart from church this morning, and lunch with a dear friend. That meant not having to cook either. And an outing to try to take a family photos of the babes. You try getting 3 year old twins and a 5 year old to sit still.
Church this morning was wonderful. I have decided to join a church in a neighbouring village, where the welcome is warm, the services varied, and the teaching quite brilliant. We sang something today that was new to me, and I have no idea how to listen to it on the web, but if you can, go and listen to "King of Kings, Majesty", by Jarrod Cooper. Here are the words:
King of Kings, Majesty
God of heaven, living in me
Gentle Saviour, closest Friend
Strong Deliverer, Beginning and End
All within me falls at Your throne
Your majesty, I can but bow
I lay my all before You now
In royal robes I don't deserve
I live to serve Your majesty
Earth and heaven worship You
Love eternal, faithful and true
Who bought the nations, ransomed souls
Brought this sinner near to Your throne
All within me cries out in praise.
Our young friend, Katherine, (owner of Morgan, the amazing flying dog) is off this week to the States for a 3 month placement at the Library of Congress in Washington as part of her PhD. How exciting that will be for her! She and Diana have grown up together, and are closer than sisters, and she is part of our family, as are her parents and brother. So another of our "chicks" is off on an adventure. At the end of the 3 months, she is going to see Diana in NZ as well, so that is just lovely. I want to go too! Her father, Peter, had a birthday on Friday and has now caught up with me. Hah! We have known each other since first year at university back in the dark ages, and so I am allowed to be rude. Happy Birthday, Peter...... you now qualify for all the age related insults I get from you for the rest of the year. At least for the next 5 months.
Winter is not really here yet. I don't know if it will come at all. I read about the snow and ice in the States, and then here it is round 10 degrees C if not warmer, and windy and wet. I have not worn a coat more than a couple of times, and then just early in the morning at that. There is no snow in Europe, and this is very bad for the winter season. They are hoping for some later this month, but I look at the webcams, and it looks green to me. Green. It should be white. Climate change is real and is going to be devastating.
Throughout a really difficult week, I have had so many texts and messages and calls of encouragement, support and love, and they have meant the world to me. Thanks, everyone. Tomorrow is another new day.