It is so easy to go to the shops from where I live. The cupboard was bare this morning - not much in the way of breakfast food and nothing in the cold-remedy box. The local garage is but a few minutes away and stocks everything you could possibly need (and a lot more besides).
The ease with which I could shop and the variety available made me think about the folk in our link parishes in Kajiado Diocese in Kenya. It isn't so convenient there to pop along to the garage if you run out of bread or Beechams! And, even if it were possible, the amount of money available would prevent it from happening anyhow.
When I'm cleaning my teeth it is always to Kajiado that my thoughts turn. The whole process there was completed with less than half a glass of water. Water, a resource so precious that not a drop is wasted. How often do we carelessly run the tap without thinking? If we had to carry all the water we need over great distances then I imagine we'd be a great deal more careful with it too.
Back to the Beechams ... the hot drink with a slice of a very, very bitter lemon on the side has begun to work its magic on my sore throat ... and so another day begins ... good wishes to all ... and please leave me a message if you drop by ... you do wonder sometimes if anyone out there reads this!!
O come let us sing out to the Lord; let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his face with thanksgiving and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.
For the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth and the peaks of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his and he made it, his hands moulded dry land.
Come let us worship and bow down and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is the Lord our God; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Book of Common Prayer.