“When life shuts a door, open it again, it’s a door and that’s how they work!” – “If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining!” ~ unknown
This has not only been a weekend of pre-birthday celebrations, but also one that was tinged with sadness.
Yesterday, with my eldest daughter Victoria and 200 others, I attended a church service to say goodbye and thank you to a dear friend, Revd Janice who is retiring as vicar of our village church.
I never liked the idea of lady vicars, it was akin to ruining my idea of God the father by telling me He is a she, when I’m really only partial to father figures.
Twelve years ago Janice arrived at the vicarage, along with her blue eye shadow, bright pink nail polish, flowing blonde hair, a husband who resembled a teddy boy with his tight jeans, pointed winkle picker shoes and black leather jacket and their family of four teenagers.
Needless to say Janice and Keith came as a shock to some of our older residents in this typical middle class English village. To some of us, however, Janice was a breath of fresh air and as one newish resident said yesterday – Edgy!
Janice, one of the most down to earth, enthusiastic, funniest, warmest people I know, brought the young people back to the church and she became one of the most popular vicars our village has seen.
She and I ran the after school Kids club together, an alternative to Sunday school that we held once a week at the school where I worked.
Janice became our friend, and when my husband was ill we were grateful for her unending support and friendship.
My daughter Victoria, ran the church toddler group, and later with a friend, she ran the St Giles Brownie pack. Then there was messy church where a hundred or so youngsters came together for arts and crafts and a service.
During my husband’s funeral, Janice provided us with a wonderful rousing service, but she surprised many when despite her attempt to stifle it, she broke down and wept. Yesterday many of us did the same.
Janice, you will be a very hard act to follow – and I thank you.
PS. During the sermon yesterday, Janice told us not to put off what we can say and do today, because tomorrow we might not be here! Well, if you read my blog yesterday you may understand why I thought she was preaching just to me!
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 In response to the word-prompt Stifle