Monthly Archives: June 2007

An amasing weekend away

I went on a weekend away with my house group at church. It was the first time I had done this and I felt really lifted up by everybody there. We sang like crazy. The talks and prayers were good. There were even cute men around! During the weekend this came into my head. It was totally unrelated to anything that was said at the weekend but grew as the weekend went on.

Forgive me my cruel words
Forgive me my materialism
Forgive me my obsessions

For by your grace and mercy
I know true joy and happiness

For by your grace and mercy
I know true joy and happiness

Forgive me my clumsiness
Forgive me my forgetfulness
Forgive me the hurt I cuase

For by your grace and mercy
I know true joy and happiness

For by your grace and mercy
I know true joy and happiness

A Christian ugly Betty

I am currently ADDICTED to Ugly Betty. I go through these phases where I get completely hooked to a girly and silly t.v. programme. I then try and establish exactly what it is that I get out of the programme. I am always attracted by the lifestyle protrayed in these programmes. I know that I can’t actully have that lifestyle and probably wouldn’t enjoy it if I had it but it is nice to fantasise abot it. However, there is always more to it than that. In this case ugly Betty works away to help people and little by little she is transforming the selfish, arrogant office she is working in so that it becomes somewhere pleasant to be. She is not just changing her workplace though. Her special touch is gradually helping her family to sort out their problems. If that isn’t the kind of thing that we as Christians are called to do I don’t know what is.

One of the problems her family has is that her Mexican father is in the U.S.A illegaly. There is a lot in the programme about how people from different cultures cope in North America and again suggests that we should all serve each other. At the moment I know of a few marriages involving South American or Eastern European people to Londoners. It may just be that people from those cultures are more open about their feelings but they have to really struggle to understand where the other person is coming from and have to make allowances for each other in a way British marriages do not seem to. The practicalities of staying in touch with their families while living in London can also create a strain. They have not found it easy. However, I believe that their love for each other will allow them to serve each other despite it being difficult and that the difficulties in these first few years of their marriages will strengthen their relationship. Here’s to that!