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Hooked [Apr. 20th, 2009|09:41 am]
Tony Grist
That was Low Sunday. Not many came to church. After the service I picked dandelions. I gave the flowers to Ourdert and the leaves to the rabbits.

And I befriended a young man who turned out to have a rather ticklish problem. We brought him home and I found myself ringing round, trying to find him the specialised help he needs. I got somewhere, I think- but the story isn't over yet..

I still struggle against being pulled into church life, but the more I struggle the further the hook goes in. As Ailz points out, I was carrying on yesterday- in taking the young man under my wing- as if I were the bloody vicar.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2009-04-20 12:19 pm (UTC)
I think it's wonderful that you're helping. More people should be willing to reach out and help someone if they see they are in trouble. I've always done that - frankly, sometimes when someone gets into difficulties, they're no longer able to think clearly, and they need someone who can sit down and say "OK, here's what we're going to do" and work up a plan for them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-20 02:37 pm (UTC)
The guy has been to church two or three times- on his own-and I thought it was time someone spoke to him. I didn't have a clue what I was getting into :)
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-04-20 12:40 pm (UTC)
the more I struggle the further the hook goes in.

You can't override divine will, so I would just go with the flow :)

Who knows what will happen...?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-20 02:38 pm (UTC)
All along I've felt there's been someone/something nudging me.

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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-04-20 01:28 pm (UTC)
Isnt that what the Christian church is about? Helping? You dont have to be a vicar (or even a church member) to help "one of the least of these". Good for you, Tony!
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-04-20 01:30 pm (UTC)
I should have added that good works are not the exclusive province of religion, either.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-20 02:42 pm (UTC)
The thing about the church is that helping people is a big part of its charter, its mission statement or whatever. If it doesn't help it's not doing the job it was set up to do
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-20 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

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From: ex_redrain
2009-04-20 02:43 pm (UTC)
Good of you to help him, though -- people are doing that less and less these days.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-20 03:08 pm (UTC)
Maybe the recession will help us get back into the habit.
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From: ex_redrain
2009-04-20 03:31 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-04-20 02:49 pm (UTC)
As Ailz points out, I was carrying on yesterday- in taking the young man under my wing- as if I were the bloody vicar.

Or just a good person.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-20 03:09 pm (UTC)
It feels to me like I was acting on (whispered) orders.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-04-20 03:01 pm (UTC)
The people are the church. You don't have to accept or take a title. When you help him, it helps you. (And I mean spritually, not for personal gain of some kind.) I don't understand why we all want to struggle against it, but we do. Thank goodness for people (like you) who are willing to help. It is the right thing to do.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-20 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

It seems to me that the church is a community or nothing- and people in a community help one another.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2009-04-21 12:12 am (UTC)

acting on (whispered) orders

I love hearing about this whole era in your life.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-21 11:33 am (UTC)

Re: acting on (whispered) orders

I quite like living it (I think) :)
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-05-01 12:49 pm (UTC)
I remember your writing about being very young and jumping up and down on your bed for joy, knowing you loved God. I loved that story. That is who you are, the "bloody vicar"...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-01 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten I'd written about that. I guess that shows just how long I've been on LJ.

Yes, there's no escaping one's karma.....
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