2005 was, at the begining of the week, very cold and damp. We had very
mornings, which sometimes continued into the day. Never sailed in the
fog before! Later in the week the sun came out. Shame about the wind!
Saturday evening found us at South Walsham Broad
Sunday morning we made our way to the church at Thurne for a Service
the other Pathfinder Cruise.
then to the River Ant, mostly under motor power, only to find our usual
mooring a building site.So it was on to Barton Broad to nestle into the
wind at all this morning! So what about a trip to town? And the museum
of the Broads. And a lunch-time roadside mooring. Never done that
before! Then back south down The Ant to the grasssy bank at Irstead for
night. STILL NO WIND!!
misty start but stores to collect from the butcher today. So a little
wait for him at Ludham Bridge. Lots to do there with mast to
lower and raise. A bit more wind in the afternoon for a sail on the
wide stretch of the bure down to Acle bridge, followed by a night in
the Dyke at Upton. The morning activity today a trip to the
village green for field games. Then hoist the sails once more to make
our way north and east again. A call ahead insured our place at Hunters
Yard for the
Heigham early today to catch low water at the bridge! Made it with
inches to spare! Thence to Candle Dyke, Meadow Dyke and Horsey Mere.
Where Oh where's the wind. Just enough to sail, but only just!
what about a walk to the sea? Ok! can you see in this mist? Just enough
to see the seals and play rounders. And Oh the mud on the pathway!
morning is here already. Back to Potter Heigham. Today the Fish and
Chip shop is open; and sunshine at last. Again we sail at a leisurely
pace before our dinghy regatta on South Walsham. Time to play before we
eat and gather for the last time.
Our theme for the week was to see ourselves
as God sees us. So question one was "Who am I?". Do we like what we
of creation? of others? of ourselves? Is it Ok to love ourselves?
On Sunday we began to see our need to
belong. How we are already part
of God's Secret (but revealed) mighty plan. The plan that reunited God
with fallen mankind.
How much God loves us. Enough to allow
Jesus to die to pay the penalty
of our wrongdoing. So what does that make us worth?
So where do I belong? Is it good to be part
of a team? By faith we can be
part of that great family that is united to God. Our membership brings
responsibilities and benefits.
It's good to know that we each have real
worth in God's eyes. Even though
we fail again and again, He goes on forgiving us. Can we make our value
that comes from God our lasting experience? Yes with His help! And when
we see Him face to face "I can only imagine......."
What power we have! We have the
stamp of ownership. We have only to allow God's Holy Spirit, who
dwells in the believer, to have His way, to experience the same power
that raised Christ from the Dead.
Friday's here. Time to realise the
commission to a life of adventure to
which God calls us.
He's always there to help and we
each need to resolve to walk closely
with Him every day. That will not keep us out of trouble, but will
to deal with all that this adventurous life as a Christian brings to us.
See you next year to delve
again into the handbook of life, to
understand more of God who sees us as tremendously valuable assets.