London Journal – Friday, October 17, 2008

The capacity of human beings to resist God is astounding.

As I think I have mentioned before, I am reading in the Book of Revelation. The impact of a statement in chapter 16 is staggering. God is justly pouring out his wrath on the earth because of the sins of the people. Here is how the people respond.

“Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven…but they refused to repent of what they had done.” Revelation 16:10-11

How stubborn can humans be? Will nothing cause them to turn to God in humility and repentance? What is in my heart?

“O God, remove any subtle pride and stubbornness from me so that I can serve you with a pure heart.”

On to more things from our daily activities. We take a vigorous walk every day, or almost every day. Today we went again to Roundwook Park, a large public park with a high hill (overlooking Wembley Stadium and its distinctive arch that leans to one side), mature trees, flower beds and a small aviary.

Then off to lunch with JS at her home. Her mother is visiting her from USA, so we met her (the mother) for the first time and learned about the many years she and her husband served as missionaries first in Tanzania and then in Kenya.

With J we discussed the ramifications of being part of a missionary team. Everything I do affects the whole team. We must each one be open to give and receive honest feedback.

In a park near J’s house I saw a new bird for my life list. This was a jay – different from the Blue jay we have in North America. This Jay is buff-pink in color, with a powder-blue section and a black section in the wings, a long dark tail and a white rump (visible only in flight). So this bird is quite unlike the Blue jay, but it is in the crow family, as is our jay, and it is noisy and scrappy, also like our jay.

Perhaps an image communicates better.

Not my photo – an image from Google.

Our supper was minimalist. JoLene had a packet of soup from the small grocery store next door. She heated it in the small breakfast room in our hotel. I skipped a meal altogether.

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