Year 2 – Day 135 – Mon 15 Jan – I cracked on with Matthew 4 in the morning before catching the train with Gethin to Swindon for his UFM panel. It was good to see Matthew Evans who’s an old friend and chairs the UFM council, Gethin had interviews one on one so I had a bit of time to read. The panel had 7 folk on it and I was there as the church representative, they didn’t really understand Presbyterianism but they are good gospel hearted folk who were very positive about Gethin. We got back in for 630, read to the kids and then a quick turnaround for deacons meeting, I left early to catch up with Alun Ebenezer and Sir James Charles Hughes who was up from Llanelli.
Year 2 – Day 134 – Sun 14 Jan – Phoebe was up in the night and so in our bed from about 4 which meant being kicked and slapped and not a great deal of sleep. It was her third birthday but she wasn’t able to be at church because of a high temperature. It was a memorable Sunday morning as one of our older members fainted during the sermon. I had to stop the service and ask for our medics to help. I could see that there was a problem and she wasn’t able to communicate with her husband and looked very unwell but nobody else could. Our Dr’s and nurses did a great job. I went back to preaching but it felt very difficult to concentrate on what I was saying.
In the afternoon we were around and a little birthday tea with the family for Phoebe, in the night Gethin was on 1 John 5.
Year 2 – Day 133 – Sat 13 Jan – It was a disastrous Park Run, stopping numerous time because of me knee. My parents are up for Phoebe’s birthday and we had a day round the house doing jobs, cutting wood and the like, prepping for the study to start on Monday. It was a good restful day.
Yr 2 – Day 132 – Fri 12 Jan – I picked up Alun Ebenezer about 9 and we headed up to Birmingham for the funeral of an old friend of ours from Aber days. It was a sad day, Lucy was only 44, wife and mum to 3 young boys. She was a believer and the funeral was a testimony of the gospel. Her cousin Simon Mawdsley preached a powerful evangelistic message. The hymns were terrific – How great thou art,
Thine be the Glory and particularly O Love that will not let me go were helpful. It was incredible to see folk you’d not see for the guts of 20 years. We were back in London for about 7 – life is very short.
Year 2 – Day 131 – Thu 11 January – It was a full on day but the morning I spent studying then gave the GLT talk on ‘Is God Sexist?’, there was a good crowd and really encouraging that a friend of someone in the congregation came of their own accord. I did a couple of pastoral visits in the afternoon, fitting in a bit of study for Sunday morning. I got to see one of your young men in the congregation in the evening and tried to finish the sermon as I’ve got a funeral tomorrow.
Yr 2 – Day 130 – Wed 10 Jan – I had a day studying, reading up for tomorrow’s lunchtime talk on ‘Is God sexist’ and working on Sunday morning’s sermon. After lunch I hit a wall and had slept for an hour. I just found I couldn’t get going at all. We had housegroup at ours in the evening and worked through Ralph Davis’ material on 1 Sam 5-7 which is terrific.