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Lean on the Door


I sometimes think I may have turned invisible.  I’m really not at my best in a party situation and I’ve had mishaps with automatically opening doors, that don’t.


I also worry, and perhaps you do too, that my faith is invisible; that my being a Christian doesn’t make a difference to the world.


Perhaps it’s a good thing if faith is invisible and there’s no such thing as a good-deed-o-meter.  There is no way of measuring the positive effect of our good deeds, though we sometimes feel the great weight of our bad ones.


We, all of us, try to sow seeds of hope in the name of Jesus, and even do some watering and tending of green shoots, but hardly ever get to reap the harvest.  Perhaps it’s best, for the size of our heads - well, mine anyway- that we don’t get to see results.  I had a lovely moment, however, with my middle granddaughter the other week- but the story starts over fifty years ago with a schoolteacher I had called Mrs. Hemmingway.


There’s only two things I remember about her now; one was, when the class got a bit unruly, such as at the end of “Choosing Time”, she would spank her desk with a rolled up Southend Standard to call us all to order.  The other was, at the end of day she would get us to put our chairs up on the desks and stand quietly to sing a goodnight prayer, the Vesper Verse.  In time, this was factored into my childish prayers that my godmothers said I should be doing.  I sometimes still use it.


Last week, on a babysitting call, I was tucking my 5-year-old granddaughter into bed when she surprised me by putting her hands together and reciting Mrs. Hemmingway’s prayer.  What a blast from the past.  How many women can you count in this story, “passing on the torch” to my granddaughter without realising what they said would be remembered?

So don’t be disheartened, if you too have been feeling invisible recently.  In community with other Christians our words and deeds do make a difference.  All the same, never take automatically opening doors for granted.

Hazel Stagg


Lord, keep us safe this night, secure from all our fears;
May angels guard us while we sleep, till morning light appears.


The Vesper Verse is by John Leland (1754-1841),

a Baptist preacher who lived in Virginia and Massachusetts.

His niece published it in her biography of him.


Marlborough Road, every Thursday (10am to 11.30am)

Hinton on the first Saturday of the month (10am to 11.30am)

Hornton weekly on a Friday (10.30am to 12 noon)

Cropredy have a coffee bring and buy every 2nd Friday

Easington on alternate Wednesdays (local blue bin day), starting at 10.00am

Grimsbury on the last Saturday of the month  (10.30am-12 noon)


List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road foyer.