Sunday, 1 January 2017

ARRIVALS - Jeremy Abrahams

Jeremy Abrahams cycled round to deliver our copies of his book "Arrivals. Making Sheffield Home" in person, and joined Nute, Ken, Keith, the Captain and me for coffee.

The book is a series of masterly photographs of immigrants from all over the world who settled in Sheffield and made it home.

It contains a photograph of our father, as a handsome young man.  Nute is holding his framed photo near to where The Wedding Cake (the Registery Office he designed) used to stand.

And the Captain and I went to the Exhibition in Western Park yesterday afternoon.

A masterly set of photographs, and well worth a visit.

And it was lovely to see small children everywhere. Yet another generation starting to discover the world through the Weston Park Museum, as we did, such a long time ago.

It is now 2017 and I am so grateful we are all still here. Fireworks last night keeping us awake.  Poor Scooter disappeared, but turned up, starving hungry, at 3 a.m.

Pen was over Friday/Saturday and we had a writing session.  I now have the first page of my next book. But whether it will work or not - time will tell.

What I must do today is catch up with my studying.   I need a good reassuring comforting dose of God's word.  We are in the Book of Isaiah at the moment - which contains, among other things, the promise that when God;s Kingdom is ruling over the earth, nature will no longer be "red in tooth and claw".

Isaiah 11:6-9: "The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb, And with the young goat the leopard will lie down, And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together; And a little boy will lead them.  The cow and the bear will feed together, And their young will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the bull.   The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra, And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake.   They will not cause any harm Or any ruin in all my holy mountain, Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah As the waters cover the sea."

The earth will be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters cover the sea.  Paradise will be restored, and all creation will be at peace as it was in the beginning.  Then the dead can be woken from the dreamless sleep of death.

And what a wonderful awakening it will be.

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