Monthly Archives: July 2013

Pilgrimage to Iona…

I have put the website of the Iona Community on the Blogroll. Iona is the birthplace of Celtic Christianity, which then moved to Holy Island at Lindisfarne, which I’ve already been to. I have never visited Iona however. It is a pilgrimage, to a site that is holy and steeped in the history of Christianity. It is a place where, I hope, I can find and communicate with God in a peaceful, calming way. I don’t find Peace or Calm often in my life. Working in a school probably doesn’t help. If you are of the Christian faith, then please pray for me and the group going with me, that we can find what each of us is looking for on our walk with the Lord. If you’re going to be in Iona this Saturday and staying till Friday 2nd August, then I’ll see you there!!

£425!!!!!

That’s how much me, Jo and Kirsty raised altogether, for St Pauls Hostel for the Homeless in Worcester’s Big Sleep Out!! Me and Dad must’ve counted the money so many times, cos I couldn’t believe it!! The good that this money will do, being put into Hostel projects and day-to-day work is just fantastic. WOW!

The Footprints story

I’ve probably posted this before. I love it so much.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“My precious child
I love you and would never leave you
The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you.”

A Thank you For Everything Prayer

Lord, my God and my Saviour
I thank you for everything in my life
I am saying thank you, because everything
Good or bad, comes from You.
Please help me to remember you in both, Lord
Happy or sad, Good or bad, positive or negative
You are there
When we are happy we know you’re there
But when we feel down or abandoned, we think we are on our own
Please help us remember that at these times, Lord,
This is when you are taking our burden even more
This is when you are carrying us

Amen.

The end of term…

…so that is it for another academic year. There are major changes in my LRC, which I’m not happy about, but there is nothing I can do. I don’t think my colleagues are happy about things either, but again, I repeat. There is nothing I or anyone else can do. I will still have a lending library for fiction, and non-fiction will exist, just back in departments, as it was when I arrived in 2007. We need more computers so they are going in here. I haven’t been feeling particularly Christian during the last few days, but I’m hoping my pilgrimage to Iona in Scotland for a week from Friday, will help me to rediscover my patience!!

So where was I when…?

Andy Murray won Wimbledon? In my grandad’s lounge, with my mum, yelling my head off! Luckily my grandad is deaf and won’t wear a hearing aid, so he didn’t hear the noise we were making!!

When the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born? At home when the comfirmation of the birth came through. I was also at home watching when they left hospital, having just come in from work. I am a royalist so I was very happy. I am happy for the representative of Republic to have his time to comment, but if there is anyone else who agrees with him, maybe they had the sense to keep quiet? I did question myself, as a media studies graduate, whether some of the news coverage was OTT, but I have to say that the main channel coverage wasn’t that bad. It was only on News 24 where I would argue that they were guilty of too much waffle. It is difficult though for news edtiors to decide what’s best. To stay and have people um and ahh because the person being waited for has gone off schedule by 5 mins (which in TV is an age), or cut back to another news item? They might get away with another report, or they might have to cut back almost immediately. Nobody knows. One thing we do know is whatever they do, somebody will moan. Moaning is a British institution. If it is ever outlawed, I don’t want to think about what the British (or possibly even more specifically, the English, according to one of my colleagues!) would do!

Sleep Out for St Paul’s Hostel in Worcester

Me and two of my friends did this, on June 22nd. It didn’t rain, and some of the service users from the hostel came to sleep out too, although one of them said we were “cheating” because we had sleeping bags, and cardboard boxes were provided! He may well have had a point, because for someone on the streets, I don’t think for a second that it would be as comfortable as we were! We are currently collecting sponsor money, but it is about raising awareness as much as money. The issues of homeslessness and issues linked to homeslessness will not go away.

Andy’s through!

Well it was a fight, and he will have to up his game in the semis, unless he wants another 5 setter, but he’s through! Well done Andy!

Can I just say, I’ve been watching some mixed doubles, involving Kimiko Date-Krumm from Japan, who is 42. I remember her playing Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain in the Atlanta Games of 1996! Attagirl!

Wimbledon

I am slightly lost for words this year! With all the big names going out through illness, injury or defeat, the ladies singles could go to anybody. I have to say I was pleased that Serena Williams got beaten. I recognise that Serena is a phenomenal player, but I am pleased that someone else will get a chance to go for the titles, and it was a surprise because I for one had expected her to swan her way through. It is deflating to see her only play a few tournaments and destroy the field each time, while others slave away on the tour all year and get nowhere near her. I hope this will now show something more competitive as far as she is concerned now. She can be beaten! I think in the men’s that Novak Djokavic will be in the final. Of course, I would like it if Andy Murray was there again. That would be great.

I really love doubles. I find doubles the most entertaining form of the game, with the ball constantly being bought back into play, and quick-fire rat-a-rat volleys at the net between all four players. Last night we saw the one and only John McEnroe and his brother Patrick, play McNamara and McNamee in the Seniors Invitational Men’s Doubles. It was played with humour, but also showed that none of these men, even though their most successful years were in the 1970s and 80s, have lost their ability or their competitive edge. I loved it. If I can, I’ll be watching doubles matches on the outside courts, on the extra red button channels!

Prayer for Life

Dear Lord
Somehow, despite everything
The insecurities of jobs
The backbiting that comes as a result of insecurity
Please help us to feel your love,
and to show that love to each other.
Help us to support and look after each other
Rather than turning in on each other
All governments will experience the same need
for reducing spending
Despite everything being thrown at us
Help us to see You through it all Lord
Help us to show Your message through our actions
We pray that through Your grace we will see ways through
The worry, the fear, the sight of no money in the bank account when you need it,
The sight of no food in the cupboards or fridge
The tears of a friend working in a hospital, or of a friend in a wheelchair who has had her care package cut,
Through Your grace, Lord, We can be, and we can be good.
Amen.