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August 2015

“Have You Considered My Servant Job?”

The end of our hols in Civray

We had a lovely day in Civray. I was looking forward to attend my first house church so Steven dropped me there at 10:30 and he was so sad that he couldn’t make it because as yesterday it was assumption day and we did not realize the shops were closed; we couldn’t get any food and my brother was coming today so he went food shopping.

It was great to be with my joyful brothers and sisters in Christ, worshipping, giving thanks and praying, glorifying God for all his blessings and outpouring of his grace on us, healing our frail bodies and fixing difficult family situations. Before communion, this is what we read with Marc: Hebrews 9:11-15

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a]he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

And also Hebrews 9:22 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Back at the campsite, we went to the house to meet the fourth electrician. While Steven was busy touring the house with the electrician, I also showed the house to my brother. At the end of the visit, Steven whispered that he completely forgot to put the chicken in the oven and I thought ‘oups’. When we went back to the campsite, le camping de Civray, while Steven was sorting the meal I took my brother and his dog, the glamorous Glam to see the various lambs and sheep and the river by the restaurant, we admired the beautiful blue dragonflies.

Have a blessed evening. N

glam et moutons

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Nuit romane, Malted milk and Toni Green

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Last night we went to a two hour concert in Civray as part of the ‘romanesque night’, the square, la place,  was full of English and French civraisiens and the music ensemble was wonderful; the singers were Malted Milk and Tony Green; their melodious and warm voices surrounded us in a charming way…as the lighting on the newly renovated church smoothed any rough edges.

We met our friend Mikael (last photo) who told us that it was a ‘great’ night as always. He’s lived in Civray for eight years and is a fan of those free delightful music evenings!IMG_20150808_214036188[1]

Last week-end was sublime as we went to Limoges to my school friend Brigitte’s son’s wedding, Gaetan and Chloe. I hadn’t seen my friend for thirty years so it was great to meet all her family!

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In our new garden…

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There are lots of different flowers

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And two plum trees to be precise the Mirabelles de Nancy that Steven picked for our party tomorrow. My cousines are visiting us all the way from Bordeaux.

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So we are holidaying in Civray in a beautiful campsite at the edge of the town which explains the presence of this herd of cows.
The owners are welcoming and friendly.
This morning I continued reading the Gospel of Mark from ch6 to ch 9. Our Saviour is so understanding and patient with the disciples taking time to explain the paraboles to them (and us) i.e. Mark 7:18 ,Jesus full of compassion and love healed lots of  people, Mark 6:56. One of my favourite passages is when Peter says: you are the Messiah..Mark 8:29 When Jesus tells his disciples that He will suffer a lot, be rejected,put to death and resurrect 3 days later, Peter objected. The idea of the suffering servant was not something the disciples anticipated. Imagine their amazement at what was happening, Jesus forgiving sins,  telling off the Pharisees, calling them hypocrites, feeding the 4000 and then the 5000 with only a few pieces of bread and fish, delivering people from evil spirits..mind blowing stuff and the journey keeps on!
Have a lovely, peaceful and blessed weekend!

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