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Holiday Saturday

This was an extra day as we were allowed to stay and extra night.
We visited Redruth in the morning and I naturally went to the second hand bookshop there. I bought one book for my mother, a biography of Daniel O’Donald the singer, as she likes to listen to him.  I later bought the life of Richard Baxter, the puritan, in a charity shop. He was a very dedicated Pastor at Kidderminster and wrote quite a number of books including “The Reformed Pastor” The Saints Everlasting Rest” and many other works, many of which were published in 4 large volumes of practical works printed in 1830, reprinted in 1838, 1846 and again by Soli Deo Gloria in 2000.
We took a drive via Truro to St Mawes, a rather out of the way place to get to, which attracts, I understand, the more wealthy people. I was alarmed to see Fish and chips at £9.75 in a eating house. They had a fish festival there on that Saturday so the town was quite full. The King Harry Ferry is a short cut to get to St Mawes, it saves the 27 mile road trip but cost £5 single and £7.50 return for the 300 metre journey on the chain ferry that was established in 1888 and is now on it’s 5th ferry. The crossing has been used for 500 hundred years since being established by Royal Charter.
In the evening went back to Truro as they had a Carnival at 6 O’Clock which we watched pass by on the Lemon Quay. There were quite good crowds, with lots of children enjoying the procession. We had a coffee before going back to the caravan to pack for our trip home.
Holidays soon come to an end. Back home to find 7 out of 15 have been made redundant or left. In God’s Great Goodness I still have a job, but all who are left expect to be soon following those who have gone. We have been spared for a while, an extra days holiday, a chance to stay in work, the long suffering of God to increase our days.
What do we do with what God graciously gives to us, if He spares us for another day, do we live for His Glory, are we engaged in His service? Are we preparing ourselves for Eternity and to meet with Him Face to Face? I leave you with those questions to ponder.
© Jeff Maxwell 2010


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