Sunday, 26 February 2012

Fasting and Feasting During Lent

I just came across this and think it is worth sharing:

Lent should be more than a time of fasting. It should be a joyous season of feasting. Lent is a time to fast from certain things and to feast on others. It is a season in which we should:
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life.
Fast from thought of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on the phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on hope.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Death of a good friend

Just heard that a good friend from college days, Lawrie was found dead at his in house in France on February 15th. He was a great guy, one of the best, we kept in touch and saw one another over the years. He lived most of his working life in Singapore so we didn't meet that often. But that did not break the bonds of friendship.
May he rest in peace.

His wedding day

At his place in France

Happy Memories

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Study Weekend in the Snow

I arrived back form Boston to have to go to a study weekend for my Diaconate Course. Apart from being very enjoyable academically  it was great to go for a stroll in the snow covered countryside.

 Quite why a scaffolding company was flying the Jolly Roger defeats me!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Boston - At last!

Well eventually I did make it to Boston. I was working all week but did manage to take a few photos.

 Faneuil Hall

Inside the Hall 

Monday, 6 February 2012

Why we are going to the dogs as a country

Left home at 7:30 to go to Heathrow for a BA flight to Boston. I checked the flight schedules before I left home and the flight was on. When I arrived at Heathrow at 9:00 I found the flight was cancelled despite the weather improving! I transferred to a Virgin flight, when we boarded the captain said that we should arrive at Boston ahead of schedule only for us to have to sit for ober an hour on the plane whilst they de-iced it. Why couldn't they have de-iced it whilst we were boarding.
A severe case of left- hands and right- hands with a major disconnect in between. Al this for three inches of snow and temperatures just above freezing - how come flights can take off from Moscow when  there is heavy snow and minus 20degress C.
Sadly major companies no longer care for their customers; all they want is massive profits with minimal investment.