Something to smile about
Who or what has put a smile on my face over the last week or so?
Where do I start?
Aladdin – the musical, as performed by pupils in the Junior Years of the High School of Dundee, at the Gardyne Theatre (part of Dundee & Angus College).
The animated description of Kirsty’s birthday trip to London, illustrated by the photos on her phone.
Meeting a family whose baby is to be baptised next month.
At the end of the ceilidh – a man (who had come on his own) saying how much he had enjoyed the evening.
Talking to two young brothers and not mixing up their names.
A beautiful, handmade Fair Trade card from an elder, expressing her thanks for something.
Spending some time at Messy Church and participating in games and crafts.
Watching one of our young people sing and act in Darien: The Commonplace Book of Murdo McFarlane, a new musical about the ill-fated 17th century Darien trading scheme. (Not a happy subject, admittedly, but the talent on display was impressive.)
£407 raised for Christian Aid at the ceilidh (donated to the Indonesia Tsunamic Appeal).
Seeing someone who had been ill looking a little better.
The ordination of a new elder.
Watching two of the children and one of the leaders master the art of a magnetic toy I had produced for the “Young and young-at-heart” slot in the Sunday service.
Lots of appreciation for the ceilidh. (I am so glad I organised it.)
These are small things individually, but they add up. They may not change the world but they can change a difficult or routine day into something special.
They are the sorts of things that a minister may treasure.
They are a pearl of great price.