Friday, 1 May 2015

Wolf Castle - or Arundel Hall?

Going into the Fitzalan Chapel in Arundel Castle was like stepping into an episode of Wolf Hall. The names - the dates - the tombs.   It reminded me that the past is not so far away as we think.  Its just that our lives are so short now.

Roy and I were talking about it when were out on the preaching work yesterday morning. I was feeling rather down and found it difficult, but we kept each other going and finished the territory. We found very few at home, and I don't feel I gave a very good witness to those who were in. We were working over and over with another brother and sister, which was nice.  I had to drive us there and back over the Big Boys Roundabout, but I got clear space both ways, for which I did and do thank Jehovah.  On PlanetExpat there were only tiny Traffic Islands, with hardly any traffic on them. I am still bewildered by the pace of the big city (aka our sleepy little seaside town).

Thinking over the Circuit Overseer's visit is very helpful in keeping going.  He told us a lovely experience from the door to door work.   One of my siblings had left a magazine - I am assuming with an article about the Bible's guide for a happy family life in it - with a lady at the door. As he walked to the next door, her door flew open and an angry gentleman came out. He told the brother that he did not want Jehovah's Witnesses calling at his door ever again, and he was to make sure they did not.

However, one of the angry gentleman's colleagues was a Jehovah's Witness, and when he came to work the next day he sought this JW workmate out and said that he had made a mistake.  He had picked up the magazine, read the article, and said that he realised it was just what his family needed. And could the JWs please call again.

They did, and he is now attending the meetings - possibly with all his family.   I wasn't taking notes, and can't remember.

But it reminds us how important the door to door preaching work is - even when it seems we get no results, or negative ones.  The power of the Bible to reach people cannot be over-estimated.

As Hebrew 4:12 says:   "For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart."

It can reach the heart as nothing else can.  

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