I SEE myself now at the end of my journey; my toilsome days are ended.
I am going now to see that head that was crowned with thorns, and that face which was spit upon for me.
I have formerly lived by hearsay and faith: but now I go where I shall live by sight, and shall be with Him in whose company I delight myself.
I have loved to hear my Lord spoken of; and wherefore I have seen the print of His shoe in the earth, there I have coveted to set my foot too. His name has been to me as a civet-box; yea, sweeter than all perfumes.
His voice to me has been most sweet; and his countenance I have more desired than they have most desired the light of the sun. His word I did use to gather for my food, and for antidotes against my faintings. He has held me, and has kept me from mine iniquities; yea, my steps hath He strengthened in His way […]
Glorious it was to see how the upper region was filled with horses and chariots, with trumpeters and pipers, with singers and players on stringed instruments, to welcome the pilgrims as they went up, and followed one another in at the beautiful gate of the City.
“A BOY of around nine came to us who had been punished by adults by being strapped to a tree and beaten with a hot rod.
“The abuse was so severe his back had been split into pieces and his bones exposed.
“He obviously came here as a totally broken boy. He couldn’t trust, never mind love.
“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been giving him a living environment where he feels a accepted.
“At first he was too scared to hug you, and recoiled at the presence of adults. So I decided I would spend as much time as I could trying to love him and speak to him with affection.
“It was a struggle – often with him kicking and lashing out at me. But, you know, after a few weeks, one day he came running down the path as he saw me, and he just wrapped his arms around me and gave me this big hug.
“It was amazing. A big step for this little guy.
“This is how we want to love back to life a generation of kids so they can lead the [Africa] of tomorrow.”
- Emma Cave: missionary nurse, SZ, 2006.
“ The great challenge of the twenty-first century is to raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living while preserving as much of the rest of life as possible.”
Voyage d’Hermes - TV ad.
My new fragrance por homme. A winner at a friend’s wedding, over the weekend, with the international justice crowd.
Not looking too shabby, these days.
Here’s my latest John Lewis procurement — a Canterbury Gilet, in navy blue.
A gilet is pretty much the french term for ‘tasteful body warmer,’ they say. So now you know.
Out to the Peak District - for lunch - I go.