Yesterday’s slushy snow froze hard overnight and we awoke to -15C
temperatures and a world of treacherous ice. Dear Cousin Ron had mistaken the time,
again and called before 7am so it was a good job I had been up before that
trying to chip ice off the front path! He gave me a short history lesson on
King Richard the Third who’s bones are to be reinterred this week, having been found
under a parking lot a couple of years ago! I tried to make appropriate noises
of interest while feeding the dog and cat and making coffee etc.

 
After a nasty walk in the roads with Wil I strapped on a heavy pack
basket and caught the early bus down to St. Stephen’s House. As I rounded the
corner into Weredale Park it struck me that, with Nick away, it was possible no
one had arrived before and thus I might need to wait, frozen on the
doorstep, but, mercifully, Terry was there ahead of me to set up the sound
equipment!

 
Soon I had the soup heating and preparations made for cookie baking with
the Children’s group. Today’s domestic activities dovetailed neatly with our
focus on Luke 19, the story of Zacchaeus, surely he would have prepared soup
and bread and cookies when he invited Jesus home (as per the old children’s
song) to “Tea”!

  
After snack with the toddlers George and I watched this Claymation video
and had a discussion around this week’s Spiritual Discipline of alms giving.
Then we headed down to the kitchen and George did a fine job scooping out the
cookie dough while I stirred soup etc. Then, as the cookies baked, George drew his own version of the story on a large sheet of brown paper

 
With our voices kept to whispers we could hear bits of the sermon
discussion and prayers from the adjoining room and also enjoyed a visit from
Marjya and baby Henry who were walking around since he was restless.

   
Lunch went well and I was blessed to have a ride home with the
Tappendens. Which included lots of giggles from 2 year old Olivia and a rousing
rendition of “Five Little Monkeys”!

    During my second icy Wil walk there was time to set the morning in context and to
give thought to the teachings extracted from the story of Zacchaeus. His desire
to repent and to offer reparation to those he had cheated and wronged, and of
course the Lord’s response of love and forgiveness. We do not all have a lot of
money to give but we all can offer love and forgiveness and we should also be
willing to give generously of what we do have, whether that be monetary wealth
or tea and cookies!

  And
since I am expecting Guylaine and Matthew for tea and cookies at any moment, I
had better end off right here!