Now where did I put those armbands? And where did I put
those swimsuits? And where did I put those sun glasses?
As I write this month’s letter, I have to admit we are
in chaos! Don’t get me wrong, most of the time life at
the Vicarage is pretty chaotic anyway (well I do have 9
grandchildren!) but that’s normal chaos the kind we
always have. This chaos is off the scale – and what’s
the cause of it? A holiday!
The one thing that’s supposed to be a time to recharge
your batteries and relax has turned into a nightmare.
The washing machine has been on the go for three days
and the utility room is wall to wall with piles (that’s
laundry not the other kind!) There’s things to wash,
things that have been washed – stand still too long and
you’re at risk at being put on a cool wash and a fast
spin! And I don’t know what it is with us all that we
have to clean the whole house before we go away –
apparently it’s so we can come back to a tidy house but
I suspect it’s because we don’t want any intruders being
mortified at the state of the kitchen floor – (a little
like how my nan used to tell me to ‘where clean
underwear whenever I went shopping in case I got knocked
But there’s more to holidays: you have to change your
everyday money into money you can never quite get used
to with funny little coins and notes that don’t feel
right, and then two weeks later having to change back
whatever money’s left, except those funny little coins,
which lurk about in a drawer along with bits of string
and a key that you think might open one of the windows
somewhere in the house, and several other keys that
belong to front doors of houses you previously lived in!
Actually, hang on a minute, this is sounding far too
negative. There’s lots of good things about going away
too. That first feeling of sand between your toes, hot
sunny weather (hopefully!) and lying on the beach - no
telephone calls or emails and long, long lazy days .
Rest is something Jesus recommended. He often went away
to rest and pray by himself to gather strength and
vision for his journeys and we too need a break in the
same way; to stop and rest and regain our strength and
vision for another year ahead.
Well, I think I just heard Jade telling me to get the
suitcases down from the attic. It’s time to get back to
the packing – now where did I put that sun tan lotion?
Enjoy the last weeks of summer everyone, with love in
STAND UP TO CANCER - FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
Saints, St. Mary's Bay
– 6 pm to midnight
invite you to pray with me during a Half Night of Prayer
for Stand up to Cancer on the 11th
September from 6pm to midnight. You can stay for as long
or as little as you would like.
Refreshments will be available throughout our time
together and candles to be lit for those you have loved
and lost to cancer as well as for those who are still
standing up to cancer.
With love in Christ,