Two things that made me smile today

The first relates to recent posts, and was sent by a well-wisher. I hadn’t given this poem a thought let alone considered it’s appropriateness, but it and I were well aquainted. 16 years ago at my brother-in-laws wedding, I sang it solo (accompanied by the now famous Joby Talbot, I believe) to a tune composed by my brother-in-law. Reading it without the music and in this context is completely different:

Love   George Herbert

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’
Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on Thee.’
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
‘Who made the eyes but I?’

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?’
‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’
So I did sit and eat.

I am feeling a little more positive – at least able to pray, walk the dog and read the Bible, without getting emotional. However last night we had a church meeting for preachers (24 people preach at St. Peter’s!) where I went back to feeling completely out of my depth…

The second thing that made me smile was ordering some Moo mini-cards with my own photographs on the back – lovely trip down memory lane to Uganda and South Africa in 2006 and to favourite places like Aberystwyth, RHS Rosemoor, my tussocky field (mowed today) and of course the New Forest.

When you get the order confirmation email, you get this wonderful message that just made me smile and smile:


I’m Little MOO – the bit of software that will be managing your order with us. It will shortly be sent to Big MOO, our print machine who will print it for you in the next few days. I’ll let you know when it’s done and on its way to you…


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