So we return to the sanity of the UK whilst the mayhem of the Middle East continues. The suffering of Egypt can barely be described. What’s more there have been countless attacks against many of the Egyptian churches, including the Anglican churches. Please pray for the many people who are suffering in this terrible trauma. Many have been murdered, maimed and tortured. Meanwhile the tragedies of Syria and Iraq continue, but these continuing massacres are sidelined by the horrific news from Egypt.
On returning to England I had great news. Josiah had his A/S Level results and got 4 A’s, he could not have done better. Today was his 17th Birthday and Caroline and I have so much to be thankful for. I can honestly say that there is absolutely nothing I would want to change about him. He never argues with us, disobeys us or does anything wrong. From the day he was born 17 years ago he has simply been a great gift of G-d and for that I will never cease to give thanks.
The other good news was that I’m to be awarded next years’ International William Wilberforce award to be presented in DC, which is given for statesmanship and spiritual leadership at an international level. It is a real honour not least because I am a great admirer of his. He was one of the leaders of the Clapham Sect. He had great influence as British Parliamentarian and spiritual leader from Clapham. Also of great importance to me was the fact that I was nominated for award by Dr Ryken, the President of Wheaton College, a person and college I greatly respect.
Unknown to the judges was the fact that from my medical days being a student at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London and then working there, it was Clapham where I lived. It was at this stage I first learned of the wonderful works of this inspirational man. I then went of to Cambridge to study theology prior to ordination. When I was ordained it was to the Clapham area that I returned as an assistant minister. Three years later I moved to be rector of my own parish once again in Clapham. There was literally not a single day when I did not think of this great man. It is therefore a great honour to be presented with this award that remembers one of the greatest Christian statesmen of all times.
(the featured image for this post is from my recent trip to the USA)