Thursday, May 24, 2018

Today


Today ,Annie and I decided to wake up at leisure and made ourselves walk with a small backpack each towards Taunton after breakfast.As confident as I may have been about walking it ,the incredible look on the faces of the people we talked to made us realise that we had to catch a bus somehow.We had an incredible experience as we sauntered along the highway.There was a sheep farm with some sheep grazing ,Annie wanted to take some pictures.As we positioned our camera and stood near the gate chatting ,all the sheep just sauntered to us and was leaning towards us with such trust.That to us was an unusual experience.It refused to budge from our side and there was not an iota of doubt in their trust for us total strangers.It deeply touched both of us and I was telling Annie how Christ calls us His sheep.
We had some coffee by a roadside cafeteria,where they had never heard of anyone using a bus to commute,so had no idea about the timings.
We eventually caught a bus to Taunton after raising a few eyebrows by sitting on the roadside waiting for the bus.In Taunton we visited the museum,caught some fish and chips ,bought a few knick and knacks and caught the bus back tired and spent.
Tomorrow we have decided to take things slow before we catch Bath the day after.I have some reading to catch up with,in the meantime.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Travelling with Annie.

Reached Taunton after four hours of gruelling travel.John ,the host came to pick us up and waited patiently for over an hour as we were delayed enroute.He even waited patiently while we picked up some groceries and took us around and showed us all the nitty-gritties and the essential.
The place we are booked in is away from the hustle and bustle of town,a good five miles or so away.Oakes is a lovely exclusive town centred around an anglican church with a single village shop,a post office,and beautiful big houses with lovely gardens,horses, sheep farms and a pub.We walked around the village appreciating the house designs ,the colour and the beauty of the flowers.
The rectory we are staying in is from the 1700s ,a very charming english cottage with lots of books ,very english crockeries and we had a lovely sponge cake awaiting us.
Annie and myself are figuring out ways to get to Bath,Glastonbury and the coast on either side before we make our way to Edinburgh.We plan to catch the longest heritage train to get across Somerset for a day,perhaps tomorrow.
The drive to where we are based is breathtaking ,reminded me of Suckley in Worcester,beautiful english countryside.
Forgot to pack my telephone charger,got a lecture from my little niece Annie about being more organised.She has found a way through the lap-top and a thumb drive.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Johnny Cash - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

These days in London..







What have I been doing in London?I have been playing music with Ojasvi to my heart's content .She plays the flute,the violen,bit of panflute,a bit of guitar and we sing the classics.It is quiet a session we have as we meander through the various inflections of 'scarborough fair'.Yesterday she played 'Amazing grace ' and 'Swing Low sweet chariot' beautifully with her flute while I accompanied her in vocals as far as i could while Anu watched us from the couch and smiled.
Between painting,singing,reading by the bench on the skywalk which comemorates John and Charles Wesley and just walking ,while Anu is constantly on the phone talking to Dinesh who is in India with her sick uncle..I also wait for Annie to fly in from Inida before I travel down to Somerset for a short break...
My guitar is also getting the much needed exercise and so is my intent to buy a violen next.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bethel You Make Me Brave

A day in Wimbledon.

Church was at Emmanuel church in Wimbledon.It was wonderful meeting up with Dr Raju and Katherine and all their wonderful friends.The preaching was from the book of Job centering around the 28th chapter.In between gazing at the stained glass windows and the art work of the anglican church ,it was a powerful sermon preached by Robin Weekes who apparently has pastored the Delhi bible fellowship for several years.
It was about searching for wisdom which is relational and can only come from God and is vertical .The horizontal aspect of it is that it keeps us away from evil.The book of Job talks about the fear of the Lord which is wisdom and because of the fear of the Lord we turn away from evil which is understanding.
He went on to talk about suffering.
When we can enjoy the blessings of the Lord why do we question Him when we suffer.
If our suffering glorifies the Lord ,then who are we to question Him,if our suffering teaches a fellow brethren to endure then who are we to question Him,if in our suffering the power of God is manifest then who are we to question Him.
When we get wisdom from the Lord it will not change the suffering but it will change the way we suffer.
Lunch was with the Weekes and their lovely family,and Robin and Shoko Thompson.
It was interesting listening to Ursula Weekes talking about the work and the research she had done in Mughal arts and bible imprints,work with the King's college London on biblical paintings and writings on it.
I also picked up some tools for fine woodwork in an art and craft shop on the way to the station.
It was a day well spent.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Whom shall I fear?


One of my favourite bible anecdotes of Elisha and the servant in 2 King's 6:17.It never fails to give me strength and inspire me especially sometimes when I just feel ovewhelmed and out of my depths.It was ,I realise horses and chariots of fire....my drawing capacity limits me but not my heart..