May already! May is the most beautiful month, when all the trees come into leaf and we are surrounded by a sea of green, so many shades! Everywhere looks lush and new, the blossoms are glorious and the sun warm. Unfortunately April has been a really cold month, with the wind, biting and coming from the Arctic. Brrr!
I wonder how you are doing? I still feel all over the place, everything you do is not the same, but I am very positive that things will soon be much better.
When you go out today, will you carry in your presence a spirit of health and cheerfulness? Will your face mirror a smile? What is it that may relieve a situation of stress and strain or which has the power to make a friend? No one is so poor that he has no need of it. No one is so rich that he cannot share it. A SMILE appears in the dictionary as a facial expression in which corners of the mouth curve upwards, expressing joy and pleasure. Is yours a warm Smile? Or is it the insincere, fleeting mask-like grimace thrown up by so many people today? A Smile frequently acts as a key to loneliness. A Smile makes you feel good. A Smile makes a difference. It makes an impression on the Smiler, and on the one Smiled upon. “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity” wrote Joseph Addison. “They are but trifles, to be sure, but, scattered along life’s pathways, the good they do is inconceivable.” There is power in a SMILE. Anonymous
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL DURING THESE
I expect you are now looking forward to the next step for opening up the country, Monday 17th May when hopefully life will be a little more normal and you can welcome family and friends into your home. It has been a wearing time for so many, I know that personally I have found it really hard, especially these last couple of months, since having my first vaccination I have felt quite flat, and the weather being so cold, it all seems endless. I am really very fortunate having family living close by so I have been able to see them regularly, but what joy it will be to be able to meet up properly and just feel relaxed about being in their company. Allan and I did book a table at the Western Arms last week, which was very nice and I enjoyed my meal, especially because I didn’t have to cook it, but it was freezing cold brrr! Sitting out in the car park, I had taken my hat, a cushion and a blanket for which I was very grateful, I should have got Allan to take a photo, or maybe not!. Hee hee. I have also ventured to the shops! My daughter invited me to go with her to Chelmsford. We went early so it was fairly quiet, I only went in 3 shops it was nice to have a look around and get what I wanted, but it did feel strange and we were happy to come home well before lunch.
A little funny, in a magazine I found. Apologies to you younger ones!
Everything is farther away than it used to be. It is twice as far to the corner and they’ve added a hill I notice. I’ve given up running for the bus; it leaves faster than it used to do. It seems to me that they are making the steps steeper than in the old days and have you noticed the smaller print they are using in newspapers?
There is no sense in asking anyone to read aloud; everyone speaks in such a low voice that I can barely hear them, and the material in clothes is getting so skimpy especially around the waist and hips.
Even people are changing they are much younger than they used to be when I was their age. On the other hand people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she had aged so much that she did not recognise me.
I got to thinking about the poor thing whilst I was combing my hair this morning, and while I was doing that I glanced at my reflection – and do you know what? They don’t make mirrors like they used to.
Jesus said. “Do not fear, only believe.” Luke 8:50
The Deacons will be meeting up next Saturday 8th May for a look at how we can move forward. It will probably be small steps. I am hoping that I can bring you more news soon.
Where you’re Needed by Patience Strong
Where you are, just where you are, is where you’re needed most of all. Where you’re placed today is where you have to answer duty’s call…Maybe you believe that you could really do more good elsewhere – Maybe so; but here is where you have been stationed. Here, not there.
Where you are is where you’re wanted – Where God has a job for you – Where you find yourself today there’s something only you can do….So accept the situation, working out your destiny – through your present circumstances. That’s the way it has to be.
Never think you’re wasted as the good years slip away. Is there any future in it? That is not for you to say…Though you feel you’re getting nowhere in a circle cramped and small – Where you are, just where you are, is where you’re needed most of all.