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Golden days and grey skies – November 2021

In this strange new way of living where uncertainty abounds, fear not love seems to be a motivating force, and language, ideologies and algorithms bring division, it can be hard, even for the sunniest and most optimistic of us to remain upbeat. Maybe this is appropriate. We are living, I believe, in dark times, and on my continual quest to seek truth amongst the many messages we are bombarded with, the reality of what we are confronted with is sobering indeed.

I find that it is a discipline to seek God’s still small voice above all others, and remember that as Christians while “some trust in chariots and some in horses, we trust in the name of the Lord our God”. Psalm 20:7.

However, as autumn draws to a close and the anticipation of Advent and all the festivities which lead up to Christmas begin to bubble, I want to remember and thank God for his abundant blessings, and for some of the golden moments we’ve had, despite grey skies overhead. Let’s be encouraged that

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

That is cause to celebrate indeed.

Here of some of our golden moments during these somewhat grey November days.

Picnics have always been part of our family culture; now when our adult boys are able to join us for one, my heart glows and sings!
Such an exuberant and colourful display of autumn produce at Tyntesfield House. Helen and I recorded a podcast here, tucked away in a quiet nook!
Another soul restoring day at Tyntesfield with friends; deep heart conversations between us mums and fresh air and giggles for our daughters.
I’m so super grateful that the boys are still based at home; they’re busy at Uni/college and I know they will move out all too soon, but I appreciate every day they’re still under our roof at night time. Here are five of the six members of their band, Randomly Collected, leading worship at a youth event. Lanky Dude on Irish bazookie and Rhythm Dude on drums.
Lanky Dude bringing home our giant pumpkin!
Saturday lunch; we’ve had rather a lot of pumpkin soup!
Sunday family teatime and prayers. Wholegrain pancakes, blackberries, apples and honey.
Sparklers remain fun, whatever our age. A reminder too of how we can sparkle ever more brightly as the world becomes darker around us.

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