Dear Friends, some
people are fascinated by numbers, some are addicted to Sudoku.
Let me share a riddle: A farmer had 3 sons, and also 17 camels. The time came when he was ready to share his estate with them giving the first son one half, the second son one third, and the third son one ninth – without killing a camel! How did he do it?? (answer at the end of the page)*
In the Bible there are many references to numbers:
In Genesis 7. v17 – 40 days when Noah was in the Ark. It rained and rained.
In Kings 19. v8 – 40 days when Elijah was fed in the wilderness.
In Numbers 13. v25 40 days when Moses sent spies into Canaan
In Luke 2. v22-23 Jesus was presented in the temple 40 days after his birth.
In Acts 1. V3
Jesus was seen after his Resurrection for 40 days.
What does it mean to us, this season of Lent? 40 days to prepare ourselves for Easter Day, to celebrate our Risen Saviour?
Should we give something up, like chocolate, cake or alcohol etc? Or could we do something positive, perhaps visit a neighbour, phone a friend, send a card or text message? Should we try to make a difference where we are? To “flower where we are planted!”
So let’s come together in our churches on Easter Sunday –
April 12th and celebrate, give thanks for the many blessings we have
A chorus we used to sing “Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one
and it will surprise you, what the Lord has done.
Bernard Abrey Churchwarden
*(answer to riddle: Farmer had 17 camels and borrowed one from his
friend – so 18 camels. Half to 1st son (9) one third to 2nd son (6)
one ninth to 3rd son (2) then he gave back the one left over to his