Dear Friends,

As we approach the holiday season, I remembered recently the following tale.

Every year a couple of friends went down to Cornwall for a holiday, their favourite place, as they did every year. They got to know of a cliff-top car park. Each year, a certain field was open for parking, and an attendant stood by the gate and cheerily welcomed folk as he took their £5.00 for parking for the day. The friends were glad he was there to keep an eye on the cars ensuring all was well. But one year, then the couple went back to the car park, there were no cars and the gate was locked. The friends phoned the council to see what had happened, to be told: ‘We have no car park listed that we operate on the cliff there.’

Disappointed, the friends found a Cornish local who said ‘I heard that the attendant never owned that field, he just turned up every year, bold as brass, and used it each year as if he owned it, collecting all the money until he had enough to retire!’ Dumbfounded, the friends had to look elsewhere to park.

This story reminds me:

1) Never to take things for granted

2) To be grateful that the ‘gate’ to God is always open to us when we ask

3) That the gatekeeper for the gate is Jesus who keeps us safe, and even lays down his life for us, his sheep

4) The price has been paid by Jesus on the cross.

 

So we can rejoice, along with the psalmist:

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth;

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations. (From Psalm 100)

 

Wishing you all every blessing and enjoyable, happy and healthy summer, at home or away.

Lewis