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Blogging about life

So what have I been doing recently? I wrote about my blogging plans before my blogiversary. Now my blogiversary has passed I decided to write a bit about what else has been happening.

A few days before my blogiversary I received a link to the podcast of a radio interview during which I had read two of my poems. Then on the day of my blogiversary I was excited to learn that two poems, Multifaceted Light and Space and Time, which I had submitted to Agape Review had been published in their digital magazine.

So far this summer the Church choir has been involved in a Choral Evensong and a wedding. The Choral Evensong is an annual event (except when Covid put a stop to choral singing) usually on or about Trinity Sunday.

Trinity Sunday this year was the Sunday after the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There were lots of events around the UK and no doubt elsewhere in the Commonwealth to mark the event. I went to watch the service from St Paul’s Cathedral broadcast live on a large screen in the church. The congregation joined with those in the cathedral in singing the hymns. There were refreshments afterwards, although I went home to eat lunch instead.

The Choral Evensong included an anthem, In Our Service by Thomas Hewitt Jones, which had been specially written to mark the jubilee. The words were taken from the Queen’s speeches.

Many people decorated their homes with Union Flag bunting or an actual flag in recognition or celebration of the jubilee. There were red white and blue flowers growing in pots and flower beds. Shop windows were decorated with a jubilee theme. My photos of some of these appeared on my photography blog, Sue’s words and pictures.

Wedding decoration on handrail with decorated pebble below

For the wedding I mentioned earlier the ends of the pews had been decorated with artificial flowers arranged with ribbons and net. The following day I was given one by a former church warden, who said, ‘This will look nice on your front door!’

The decorated pebble was a gift early in the pandemic. It has appeared on a blog post before.

Two conversations, one during a chance encounter, the other in the social time after a Sunday service led to an interesting hour or so in a local open space. One of my many friends and acquaintances will be running an event at the Edinburgh Fringe. About a dozen people gathered to learn about her plans. Did you know Charles Darwin was a student of medicine in Edinburgh?

Jane Westhead speaking about ‘Darwin in Edinburgh’

There will be a chance to learn about ‘Darwin in Edinburgh’ from 4-14 August 2022. We heard about the route of the walk through Edinburgh and learned many interesting facts about Darwin and his family. It was fascinating. Find out more and book tickets in the events section of the Edinburgh fringe website. Originally conceived as a one-woman show it now involves more people and sounds exciting.

Two books I read during Lent

A friend gave me a copy of An Ocean of Grace by Tim Chester. This is a Lent book organised with an introduction followed by one reading for each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The subtitle is ‘A Journey to Easter with Great Voices from the Past’.

The readings have been collected and edited by Tim Chester, who provides an introduction to each. The theme is God’s great love for us. The readings are full of praise and the original writers’ understanding of what God has done for us. They included the work of many writers new to me and some I had heard of but not read before.

As I wasn’t well during Lent I only read through each day’s reading once. I hope to use this book again next year and spend more time on it.

Photo of the two books reviewed in this post

The other book I read had been on my TBR pile for some time. I bought Hallowed be Thy Names: The revelation of God through His names by David Wilkerson in the local Christian bookshop. The title attracted me. Perhaps I should have read it before writing my series of posts for the A to Z Challenge in 2015! I was interested to learn about some Hebrew names.

Hallowed be thy Names is one of a series of Christian classics from Rickfords Hill Publishing (RHP) available at the price of £1.00.

David Wilkerson’s purpose in writing the book was to share the names of God, which had been most help to him during difficult times. The book does not claim to be exhaustive in the names explained, but takes us through the Bible concentrating on people’s encounters with God. The aim is to help readers to gain heart knowledge of God. I found it very interesting and helpful, reading a chapter at a time as the author suggested.

I have begun to read it for a second time and intend to look up all the Bible references this time.

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Zechariah #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

My A to Z challenge began with Advent and angels one of whom appeared to Zechariah. Zechariah became the father of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) ministry.

This Zechariah is not the same one as the prophet, whose name is given to the penultimate book in the Old Testament. The prophet Zechariah foresaw events which occurred in Jesus’ life. Zechariah 9:9-10 is one example. It predicts the events of Palm Sunday.

The New Testament Zechariah also appeared in my post for the letter Q. I rewrote Zechariah’s story in my own words for my A to Z challenge in 2017. Why not click through to read it there?

A Christmas carol which uses the letter Z is the Zither carol. Zither was my post for my A to Z about musical instruments. The link above to the Zither carol is a karaoke version. To listen to the carol being sung, please click here.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Christmas story with me.