As you know last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Newday, a conference I have been involved in for many years and an event which is very close to my heart. The plan was to arrive at the hotel just over the road from the showground on Friday afternoon, spend Saturday on site and Sunday travelling home. We arrived in good enough time to make it to part of the Friday evening meeting, which was quite an emotional experience!
As we were getting out of the car and taking our place in the Big Top, the song being sung was one that has helped me so much through this journey, and which I have quoted here before:
‘Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me’
The fact that the two following songs were ones which have been equally as meaningful to me, ‘Amazing Grace’ and:
‘You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise’
was just overwhelming, and as friend after friend came to greet me, crying as many tears as me, I was made all the more grateful for this special event and the amazing people who run it.
Grateful and almost unbelieving of the fact that despite everything, I was able to be present and worship God with the thousands of teenagers I’ve had the privilege of serving since Newday started in 2004. There have been many points along the way at which it has looked like it wouldn’t be possible to get there, but by the grace of God I made it!
So I’ve begun the week on a high, and the things I’m looking to progress this week are:
• Walking. It has come on leaps and bounds recently, and now I’m beginning to pick up speed towards a normal walking pace. I’ll need more ankle control so my walking looks less Andy Pandy like!
• Steps and stairs. I haven’t started to look at these with the physios yet (although I had a go at the odd kerb at the weekend) but I’m keen to, so that I’m good enough to have a go at home in the next few weeks.
• Swimming last week went really well and so we’re now trying to arrange a pool session with both physios and Mum, Dad and Joel soon, so that it’s possible for me to access the local pool with them. It’s great fun and great exercise so I’d love to get this going soon.
In all of this I want to know God with me, guiding me as normality is edging ever closer! I’d value your prayers in all of these things in the next week – I do not take them for granted but am mindful of the effectiveness of your prayers so far.
Thank you, as always, for your amazing support