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Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

'Harmony' by Charlotte Segal

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

We travelled 1000 miles by car over the weekend to celebrate our nephew’s wedding. 4 generations together.

Great Grandpa chose this scripture from Philippians 4:4-9, to be read by his grand-daughter for her brother. She read form Grannie’s bible.

Grannie died last June.

6 great-grandchildren, age 4 and under, brought their special sense of life to the wedding feast.

Grannie and Grandpa prayed for us all regularly throughout all the ups and downs of life. Always making it clear they were on our side, working with us, not against us – the richest inheritance anyone could receive.

We are the same family and yet all very different. The beauty of the weekend was in the sense of belonging we felt together. We rejoice in the love we share for one another and acknowledge our individual responsibility to put into practice the things we learned, heard, saw and realised.

Harmony is a complex thing that emerges and is sustained by positive effort.

As you reflect on this, you can listen to amazing harmonies here. This is for you, Phil – I enjoyed our chat together 🙂

And, as we listen, maybe God has something to say to us about what we can do to sustain harmony in our families throughout the generations . . .

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'Love Me Tender' by Julie Jalil

. . because so much around me is uncertain.

What do you do when you receive news that all is not well with your family and you have to drive over a hundred miles to be with them? That makes for one long anxious journey – and risky!

How can I not be anxious? My pounding heart responds to the adrenaline surge while my head scans the babble of information and thoughts that fill my mind. Like the drowning man who fell into the river, this is not the time to plan swimming lessons. I have to rely on what I already know.

So, Lord, how are we going to do this? The journey will take over 2 hours. I am hurting and anxious; I want and need to pray, but I cannot concentrate; and I must give my attention to driving safely.

First thing in the morning I opened a card from a friend who has given me a verse a week to span my chemotherapy (such an incredibly loving and helpful thing to do) – the verse is Hebrews chapter 4 verse 16

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

Okay, Lord. Let’s go with this. This gives me one simple prayer to repeat as I drive – ‘Lord, have mercy on us‘. As I repeat this I rest on what I already know of God’s mercy, his loving heart towards us; and the peace that Jesus showed us – peace in the midst of the storm.

And I fill the car with Eric Whitacre’s music; the final track is Lux Aurumque. As I listen I picture what I already know about God’s messengers, the angels, archangels and all the company of heaven – and I know that I am not alone, and neither is my family.

The situation with my family gets worse – we glimpse the unthinkable and the pain goes deep. And then comes reassurance and hope.

This will take time. We call for mercy, God’s loving heart towards us. And we are learning what it means to ‘Cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for us’ – a profound lesson for living.

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Here it is, the first fruit of my return to knitting creativity – a slipover for our 4-year-old grandson.

Letting go of being too busy has made space again for the absolute joy of being creative. Over the past month I have been a regular at the wool shop and library, exploring new ideas and learning new techniques.

I spent three days with two of our grandchildren this week. The slipover is a success, the children are a joy, and project number two is already under way.

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