Gospel of Luke 15:1-2 “Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.“
This morning we awoke by the side of the Grantham canal, it is a spot I am familiar with as we have stopped here before on our previous journey. It is a quaint spot, clean, quiet and tranquil. The view of the starry skies at night is spectacular, not tainted by the burning orange glow of built-up areas. Locals walk, jog, cycle and exercise their dog’s along the sturdy, spotless adjoining canal paths for as far as health or time restrictions can take them. We have done a necessary repair to the wiring feed cable for the 2-way fridge, a fuse-holder melted and applied the new external stickers to the driver’s side rear-side window, with the large “THE4POINTS .COM” sticker.
We are having a pit-stop, a little time to refresh and take the nearly 750-mile journey to France at a leisurely pace. Later today, we will be stopping at my son’s, Ben and his family, down in Saffron Walden, for a short while.
Our own walk this morning along the canal paths and beetroot fields of Lincolnshire. It was quite a cold start so a bowl of hot porridge and a cup of steaming tea were needed before heading off.
Today I was listening to and reading from the Gospel of Luke 14 & 15. Wonderful chapters on leaving all to follow Christ, the lost sheep and the prodigal son.
Today is Monday, for some time I have had the privilege of volunteering at “Bridges“, a charity for the needy served at the Salvation Army citadel in Rochdale. We start the evening with worship and the Word of God. Then a hot meal is served and an opportunity to listen, speak, pray and help if possible the poor and needy. This night was often the highlight of the my week. It is the people’s church, God’s own church.
I shall miss them all, they will be in my prayers and thoughts, and all ministries, giving time, effort and the love and hope of Jesus Christ.