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I’ve been working in a church community centre just round the corner from my house for two weeks now.  Today the postman brought a parcel for me to my desk in the centre.  I looked at it, confused – wondering why anyone had sent me a parcel at the centre, wondering if I’d put the wrong address on it myself… But Postman John said “I brought it here because I didn’t know if it’d fit in your letterbox.”

I loved it!  When the postman cares enough and is willing to go out of his way to bring you your book order to work, not only do you have a great postman, but you know you’re part of the neighbourhood.

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At the wedding of a former colleague and great friend.  Beautiful day.  The whole day was full of stories – “this one time in Peru…”, “when she was young…”, “when we first met…”  Stories are our true language.

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Settled in for the evening I start to hang up my washing. Suddenly the phone rings and next thing I know, my friend and I are sitting chatting over cosmos in front of the fire!

These are the evenings I’ll miss, the stories I’m glad to live and enjoy and want to savour.

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Today’s tale is this…

I’ve been raising funds to go to France (a whole other story!) for what feels like forever (and a whole other story there too!).  Today was decision day – the Irish Council were meeting to decide if I had enough support in place to get the go ahead.  Ideally, monthly support levels would be at 100% but it is a recognised fact that people often sign up once they hear news from the actual field, so it was said that if I had 85%, the director would recommend that they’d let me go, if I had 80% he recommend they’d think about letting me go.

So momentum has been gathering and prayer has been mounting etc etc.  The total on Friday was 80%, Saturday 82%, Sunday 83.5%… Creeping up, creeping up!  Friday’s prayer request was that we’d get 3 gifts of £25/month to bring us up to the desired 85%.

Then Monday came.

The discovery that some of the gifts I had counted as non-gift aided actually would receive gift aid, plus news of another few monthly gifts meant that my total shot up to 87%!!!  Incredible news… it felt like a sure thing.

Then Tuesday came.

The discovery that the monthly target was wrong and we actually needed an extra £140/month on top of what we thought.  Eugh.  Crashed right down to 82%.  Its funny how the circumstances change our perspective on a situation!!!

However… and this is the real tale… a matter of hours before the meeting began, our Friday prayer was answered – not by 3 x £25, but by 1 x £25 and 1 x £50!  The timing of receiving those forms was down to the wire but above all it was extraordinary.

God is a great story writer.

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Take Two : Telling Tales

I’m not quite sure how I’m suddenly typing in this little box on my old 365 blog. I was just curious to see if anyone had stopped by here in a while – since I hadn’t – and suddenly I find a whole new concept and technically a whole new commitment to a year of blogging daily.

Oh dear…

This time, having been inspired by Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, I plan to write a little story from each of my days and see how it all adds up over 365 days! It may look similar to the original premise of 365 – thankfulness, beauty etc – or it may take on a more gossip column feel ;). We’ll see how it goes!

You coming along for the ride?

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