surprise blessings

Okay, I have managed to fit in a quick blog (200th today).

I was so blessed and surprised recently when the kind young man (thanks Chris) who operated the video camera at our church to show the recent baptisms on the big screen presented me with a DVD of Thomas being baptised. They had had one or two technical problems with the first two baptisms but miraculously had sorted them by the time Thomas came to be baptised.

Why was it a blessing? Because I had not expected it and it is now something that we can show people who could not be there (like my Mother-in-Law who was devastated that she missed it). It was also a blessing because it is a reminder of a special spiritual moment.

In many ways that is what the Bible is – a reminder of special spiritual moments of encounters with God. Like Thomas’s baptism they were special at the time, and they are special today because we still encounter God through them. Of course the Bible is MUCH more than that (cue reminder to finish Sunday morning’s sermon on John 1). What special spiritual moments have you had this week? What did God say? What did you learn? Write it down or draw a picture or write a song or do something to record that so that in the future God can remind you of what he said and the blessing is multiplied.

A teenager is…
– A person who can’t remember to walk the dog but never forgets a phone number.
– A weight watcher who goes on a diet by giving up chocolate before breakfast.
– A youngster who receives her allowance on Monday, spends it on Tuesday, and borrows it from her best friend on Wednesday.
– Someone who can hear his favourite singer 3 blocks away but not his mother calling from the next room.
– A whizz who can operate the latest computer without a lesson but can’t make a bed.
– A student who spends 12 minutes studying history and 12 hours studying for her driver’s licence.
– A connoisseur of 2 kinds of fine music–loud and very loud.
– An enthusiast who has the energy to bike for miles but is usually too tired to dry the dishes.
– A young woman who loves the cat and tolerates the brother.
– A romantic who never falls in love more than once a week.
– A budding beauty who never smiles until her braces come off.
– A boy who can sleep till noon on any Saturday he suspects the lawn needs mowing.
– An original thinker who is positive that her mother was never a teenager.

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