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Tuesday, 26th January 2021


Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried, BUT you've actually been planted.
~ Christine Caine
The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
~ Psalm 92:12


Extracted from Spiritual Thoughts     


Thought for the Week - Jacquie Peal. 

January 21st 2021
I wonder if high heels will ever be as high again? At least for some time to come?
There was an article recently about a high-end shoe firm, famous for its 4-inch heels (ouch!), that has turned it's attention to trainers and flat shoes: who wants high heels when there is no one to notice! Perhaps those who have stopped buying and wearing them will realise how much more comfortable flatter shoes are!?
Talking on a video-call with my daughter in law, who runs a small on-line business, I complimented her on how smart she was looking: she then handed the phone to my son, who showed me that her lower half was clad in pyjama trousers and big fluffy slippers - no one needed to see her lower half!
In some ways, our standards are changing during lockdown; we don't NEED to dress up when there is no one to see us. That is fine, up to a point, but I believe that it is important that we don't let our standards drop. Whatever our morning routine was - getting up, showering, putting on after-shave or make-up or whatever we did  before lockdown, we should be making sure that we do it now. However clean our homes were before lockdown, they should still be as clean and tidy for us alone as they would have been for possible visitors. Whatever our daily routine - exercise, reading, studying, housework, needlework, gardening, woodworking..... we should still be keeping to it. One day, when John was a Curate in Portsmouth our Vicar's wife went to see a very elderly lady who live completely on her own, as she had been missing from church for some time. Rosalie found that the lady was not at all well and called the doctor. While waiting for the doctor to come, Rosalie offered to make a cup of tea and going to the cupboard found that everything was immaculately clean and tidy, as was the rest of the house. This delightful lady, living on her own and feeling very unwell for weeks had still managed to keep her standards up, including keeping herself and her home clean and neat, despite the huge effort involved.
It is very easy to slip into sloppiness but that is the route to feeling depressed and miserable. If we want to come out of this horrendous period with our chins up, feeling proud of ourselves for having coped well then we do need to make the effort to cope with whatever we have to face and that includes keeping our standards up.
Above all things, we need to keep our faith alive. The world is changing but God's love for us isn't. It may be hard to be a Christian in lockdown but Christians have had to endure far worse. We must keep up our prayer and study routine, attend the "zoom" services if we are able and keep in touch with other church members.
This time will one day be history; our great-great-grandchildren will learn about it and how the world reacted in their history lessons in 50 years time. So let's do our best to give them something positive to learn from it.
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  
With love
Jacquie xx


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