Because it won't get done otherwise!
It's been a good but rather long day and far from over! Order of Service for a funeral tomorrow and prayers and sermon for the same to be done (including printing) before bedtime ... and that's for a short service in the home as well as the main one in church. There's not often an opportunity to do a Sunday funeral but with the burial over near the Donegal border the country graveyards are much more flexible. You simply don't have burials in the city on a Sunday.
So ... that's ahead of me ....
but first ... today.
The dog knew that he was going to be "home alone" for most of the day! I get the impression that he was simply resigned to the fact and not about to create a fuss. This picture was taken as I began to pack the car with all sorts of goodies for the guests from Dublin ... and that included the Dainty Little Cupcakes that arrived last night.
I think it is rather cute the way he just lies waiting for me to stop running around ... and someone noticed that his portrait is on the distant wall. They're a couple of watercolours that I did some time ago ... the top picture is of a small stray collie that stayed with me for a few months until his owner came and claimed him back.
And the other one is Eliot ... I'd like to do a profile of him some time ... and one or two recent photographs might just lend themselves to that ... but I'll not be starting it tonight!
The friends who make the "Dainty Little Cupcakes" did a lovely thing today. Before the rugby had started (that's the Australia v Ireland game) the husband turned up with this delightful set of six mini cupcakes for me. One each in the flavours that were made for the morning coffee. Isn't that just the kindest and most beautiful caring thing? I'll enjoy one later in a coffee break. Eliot, despite appearances, will not be sharing more than a crumb!
So ... time to get back to work ... there's a long night ahead I think as I have to be away early in the morning to pop Eliot into kennels and be back in time for the funeral. I'm so glad that this was my weekend off and I'd arranged cover for the earlier service ... otherwise the day would have been rather challenging ... or rather more challenging!
And now ... thinking about the funeral tomorrow ...
Eternal God, we give thanks
for all those who have died in faith,
for the unceasing praise of the company of heaven,
for the promise to those who mourn
that all tears shall be wiped away,
for the pledge of death destroyed and victory won.,
for our foretaste of eternal life
through baptism and eucharist,
for our hope in the Spirit,
for the communion of saints.
May we live by faith,
walk in hope and
be renewed in love,
until the world reflects your glory
and you are all in all.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer