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Did you find a few minutes on Christmas Eve to watch and listen to Christmas Carols from King’s College Chapel? If you did, you would have had, as usual, a feast in seeing and listening to the Choir singing Carols to prepare you for the Big Day. I am sure you remember some of the history of this great Chapel from our Autumn Issue. That report has been transformed into reality, through Television, when we saw this great Chapel, with it’s Organ Screen, the Brass Lectern surmounted by a small statue of King Henry VI, the plain and the ornate Choir Stalls, the Choir (young and older choristers), and of course the Great East Window depicting the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ. There beneath the Great East Window was the spectacular painting by Rubens of the “Adoration of the Magi”. On a more personal note it was interesting to see where my friends and I sat next to the choir. Of course our good friend Canon Patrick Thomas could tell us a lot about Cambridge from his student days at St. Catherine’s College in the 70’s. That would be a never to be forgotten lecture I am sure.

D. Haydn Davies

A Little Story

I was told a story the other day of two friends who were walking through the desert, and as in such high temperatures they had an argument. One was mentally hurt in the exchange, and wrote in the sand “My friend hurt my feelings today”. They did however keep on walking. They found an Oasis and decided to take a bath in the ‘Pond’ nearby but unfortunately the friend, whose feelings had been hurt in the argument, got stuck in the mire and started to drown, and his friend saved him. When the distressed friend had recovered he wrote on a stone “Today my friend saved my life”.

The friend who had hurt his feelings earlier on the journey was rather puzzled with what had happened and asked his friend “Do tell me, I know I hurt your feelings earlier in our journey whereupon you wrote in the sand, but now you write on a stone. Why?”

The other friend replied “You see! When someone hurts us we should write it in the sand where the Winds of Forgiveness can erase it, but when someone does something good to us we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.

Makes you think doesn’t it.

D. Haydn Davies

On a Lighter Note

A Small Business moved into cosy new premises and a friend of the owner wanted to send her flowers for the occasion. The florist delivered them to the New Address. The owner opened the card and read “Rest in Peace”.

The owner telephoned the florist to complain at being rather insulted. The florist replied “Madam I am really sorry, really sorry, but I really must ring off now because there is a funeral bearing a wreath and a card saying “Congratulations on your new warm location” and I can’t let that go through. I am so pleased you informed me of the error, I will ring you back”. Thanks to one of my contacts for this little episode.

D. Haydn Davies

Some Useful One Liners

  1. Give God what is right – not what is left.
  2. Man’s way leads to a hopeless end – God’s way leads to an Endless Hope.
  3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
  4. Don’t put a question mark where God puts a full stop.
  5. When praying don’t give God instructions – just report for duty.
  6. Plan ahead – It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

Television

Fancy viewing “Who wants to be a millionaire” and the £125,000 question came up, or was it the £250,000, and you knew the answer. Well this happened to me lately. The question was “Who was the Disciple called Didymus?” and four names were given to choose from as usual. Well, of course I knew the answer (but what of the minefield of questions before that one. Anyway, I knew the answer to this one.

Thomas was one of the 12 Disciples, and we know about his family because he was called Didymus which means a Twin. Thomas was ready to Die with Jesus (John 11:16) but it is as Doubting Thomas that most people remember him. Thomas wasn’t afraid to ask the questions that the other Disciples were thinking. Thomas wasn’t with the other disciples when they first saw the risen Christ. He refused to believe that Jesus had returned from the Dead “unless I see……and touch……I will not believe” but when he saw and touched Jesus he exclaimed “My Lord and My God”. You can read this in St. John’s Gospel Chapter 20.

Without Thomas’s doubts perhaps we wouldn’t be as sure about our faith today. We need someone to ask the questions that we are too afraid to ask for fear of seeming silly or foolish.

D. Haydn Davies

Great truths about growing old

  1. Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.
  2. Forget the Health Foods, you need all the preservatives you can get.
  3. When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you are down there.
  4. You are growing old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair as you got from a roller coaster.
  5. It is frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
  6. Time may be a great healer but it is a lousy beautician.
  7. Wisdom comes with age but sometimes age comes alone.

I should know I have already reached that stage.

D. Haydn Davies