Sunday, February 1, 2009

Saturday January 31, 2009

May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, Ps 69:6

Well, it’s been a week since I last put pen to paper—er—fingers to keys. It’s been a hectic but delightful time, most days from 5 am to 10 pm or later to ensure a time together with our family from various parts of the world, and at the same time keep the guest house running that we are responsible for.

It started when we left home at 5 am on Tuesday to pick up Alex and her two year old from Heathrow airport, and then met our daughters Heather and Karen in the evening that my sister had later picked up from the same airport. That evening was supper at Christine’s, a friend who has kindly hosted our family in her 300 year old Smithy Cottage.

Wednesday was a slow day allowing for jetlag, and our granddaughter and husband joined us in Brighton that evening for supper at my sister’s house. Thursday we toured many of the places that Ann and I haunted during our “courting” and early married days. Supper that night was at with our niece Becky, her husband Andy and their two boys. It was Andy’s birthday.

Friday was a day for the boys—Alex’s Luciano and Becky’s two, Louis 5 years and James 3. And Matt, our granddaughter Jenny’s husband was clearly one of the boys too. That evening we finished up at Christine’s again. This time it was a birthday supper for her!

Saturday, was a reunion for all our local relatives, about thirty or so joining us in the afternoon for an open house. For me, the morning was another run to Heathrow to drop off Matt and Jenny. It will be church tomorrow morning, and another couple of days after before our next run to the airport to return our daughters to their respective homelands and husbands.

If this has you confused, we are not much less so, but excited that all has gone more or less according to plan and we have accomplished much of what we all felt was important. But in all this, we stop for a moment to ask ourselves the question implicit in today’s text: Have we been a good witness for our Lord?

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