In yesterday’s Sun:
‘A naughty panda sparked panic after escaping from its enclosure… Officials had to push back a crowd of excited zoo visitors as Menglan, a young male panda bear, cheekily made a dash for it.
The dramatic escape took place at Beijing Zoo in the Chinese capital Beijing on Wednesday… Menglan was lured back to its enclosure with food..’
Chuckling… musing… Menglan’s ‘enclosure’ – his prison or security…?
Yesterday I attended the Thanksgiving and Celebration Service for the life of Rick Hughes.’ Rick was a friend who I have known for 7 years. I have many happy memories of time spent with him.
Many good things were said about him as a husband, dad, grandpa, minister, friend… His Christian faith was clear and central to the man he was.
Thanking God for Rick… musing – Rick’s God – his prison or security…?
Yesterday Kim, my friend with an eating disorder posted:
‘…even though there is nothing that can be done to recover, there are things to look positive for, especially for still being here! By rights I shouldn’t be but against all odds I am … It’s sad but I’m at peace…’
Yesterday I learned that Ian Bentley, who used to be a local minister, has this week been diagnosed with cancer:
‘A colonoscopy revealed cancer in the bowel and scans have further revealed it has spread to his liver. The family were expecting a stage 1 diagnosis so this is a huge shock…’
Kim’s and Ian’s God – their prison or security?
Rick’s service started with: ‘Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’
I remembered Rick talking about this verse. It was one of his favourites. His God was not a prison but a source of freedom… and security and strength. I discover him too… amongst my life’s Panda-monium.