Is it me, or has February gone by in a flash?
An update on what is happening in the manse. A few days ago, five workmen arrived and immediately started pulling up floor coverings and taking plaster off the walls. The house was filled with the roar and clatter of jack hammers, dust and debris covered all surfaces and we were left wondering yet again: how could so much damage occur in such a short time? To add to the consternation; when the workmen removed the laminate flooring they discovered parquet tiling, some of the tiles have been sent to a laboratory to test for asbestos!
The damage is the result of a burst water pipe in the attic. It occurred while we were at the carol service the week before Christmas. We returned home to find water cascading through the upper and lower ceilings and a centimetre of water covering the floor. So much damage in such a short time.
However, we have had so much support from the church family we feel truly blessed. Concentrate on the jack hammers, missing floor covering, bare walls, damaged furniture, and inconvenience it can all become overwhelming. Reflect on the care of friends, the support given, the meals offered and most importantly, and significantly, the wonderful sense of being upheld in prayer; we truly feel God’s blessing.
In 1 Thessalonians 5 we read:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I’m not sure Paul meant for us to give thanks for the burst pipe; but certainly, to give thanks for the many blessings we receive from the Living God, and through his family.
William Barclay in his commentary on this passage puts it simply.
“There is always something for which to give thanks; even on the darkest day there are blessings to count. We must remember that if we face the sun the shadows will fall behind us but if we turn our backs on the sun all the shadows will be in front.” Daily Study Bible 1 Thessalonians
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.