Mum sent me this wonderful video yesterday, and I played it during communion at our Maundy Supper last night. It is a beautiful piano arrangement of the old hymn When I Survey, while a painting of the words is slowly revealed.
This morning I read Psalm 88 as part of Morning Prayer. It is a song of isolation, rejection, trouble, and - probably - depression. The psalmist cries to God and yet God stays hidden. He lists his troubles, and yet hears no answer; unlike many psalms...
This morning I read Hebrews 11, which is of course the famous ‘By faith..’ passage, listing various Old Testament examples of faithful followers of God, from Abel to Rahab before skipping over Gideon, David and Samuel in a single verse.
There possibly is no dirtier word in Britain at the moment than ‘banker’. They have become villains of almost pantomime proportions, with people practically hissing whenever anyone mentions ‘the bankers’ on the BBC’s Question Time.
In Job 37 Elihu (the youngest of Job’s ‘friends’ in the conversation about his suffering) tells Job to ‘stop and consider the wondrous works of God’ (v14). From thunder and lightning to snow and rain, animals, whirlwinds and people, God made them all, is behind, above and beyond them all, upholds and sustains them all.
This was in our church notice sheet last week..
The Pope was cruising along the beach in the Pope-mobile when there was a frantic commotion just off-shore. A helpless man, wearing an England rugby shirt, was struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 25-foot long shark.