Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
What do you give an old man who has everything for a birthday present? This year my daughter and her partner gave me a journal. The question then arises what am I going to do with it? What can I put in it? At the beginning of this year my friend Steve wrote on his blog, (givenscreative.com): ‘For me, this will take the physical form of a new journal (provided as a gift from my good friend Jill Stratton) in which I will be recording the blessings and moments and opportunities that come my way this year’
Yes, I too will use my journal in that way but more than that it will record my journey in faith and since that journey is a very personal one I know you will understand if I do not share all the details of my passage along the rocky road with you. How did I get here? What am I doing? Am I doing the right thing? What is He calling me to do today? There are so many questions that I fear the journal will be full before the end of the year. A number of you have helped me along the path already and for that I thank God that you have been there. I have no doubt we will return to the journal in future blogs.
It will also allow me to remember those who need my prayer and here is an example.
My friend Ray was rushed into hospital as an emergency when his heart was not acting as it should. He was transferred to a specialist cardiac unit and underwent a major operation on his heart. For a while it was touch and go but he is home now and complaining that his wife will not let him dig the garden! “It was only a few vegetables for Sunday lunch.” he protested. And you thought children were a problem! He is due to go to hospital for more tests tomorrow so if you could remember him in your prayers I know it would help.
In fact whilst working in the garden preparing this blog it occurred to me that from time to time we all have friends or relatives who need our prayer. Maybe you are feeling lost or lonely at the moment or you have a particularly difficult assignment to prepare for. If you wish please let me know and I will open a separate page on my site so that we may all pray for them. Give me as much or as little detail as you feel appropriate. God bless.
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years