Friday, June 08, 2012
Merry Hearts and Medicine
There must be something a bit odd about us British people - we love to celebrate special occasions in public! Here I am standing next to Guernsey's Lieutenant Governor (he is the Queen's representative in Guernsey) Air Marshall Peter Walker on my right and church member and friend Trevor Mahy on my left. It was all part of a tremendous weekend of fun and joy which for us involved a great street party outside the church building in St Peter Port and much hilarity. The fun continued on Sunday morning as we all tucked into hot bacon rolls and coffee as part of our Jubilee Family Service and welcomed new faces into the building who had been with us at the Street Party. All this was in aid of Her Majesty the Queen's 60 years on the throne - quite an achievement and worth the celebrating.
It is great when Christians get noticed because of their laughter and joy instead of being against something, isn't it? That was certainly the case last weekend and the more so as we refused to let a little bit of rain get in the way. It must be quite a while since the Pastor and his wife at Eldad Elim Church were seen dancing in the street outside the building! Let's hope it won't be quite as many years till it happens again. There is a Bible verse that says 'the joy of the Lord shall be your strength'. Even in times of terrible trouble we have found laughter to be such good medicine. In fact the book of Proverbs says that a 'merry heart does good like a medicine'. I know there may not be much to laugh about in your life just at the moment, but thank God for the promise that 'though weeping may endure for the night, joy cometh in the morning!'