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An Angel Pops by New Year Eve 2014!

Before auld lang syne is played tonight, I would like to introduce Jim. A man who was generally happy, sociable and a little over weight, a reality of on the job cake eating and sitting at his desk every day. He was also a door steward at his local methodist church and his whole life fitted into a well worn pattern, like a comfortable pair of shoes.

Each christmas he would enjoy the turkey, the mince pies, carols and festive drinks. On December 31st each year he would write a list. At the top of the list he would write ‘todo list’ and the year in which he would soon find himself, so this year he wrote ‘todo list 2015.’ and so he began.

1. Loose some weight. The remarkable thing was that each year, Jim wrote the same thing and on each New Years Eve previously, he would weigh himself and be exactly the same weight give or take a few pounds.

As our Jim sat their at his desk pen in hand, and deep in thought, little did he expect things were going to take an unusual turn.
‘Ahem.’ Came a small voice,
Again after a pause the voice cleared his throat,
‘Err Ahem.’

Nothing very unusual had ever happened to Jim and you would be surprised and impressed, at how Jim remained composed at what he saw there on his desk, just to the left of his pencil pot.

Jim looked on his desk to where the sound was coming from, and there on it was a tiny creature, it had wings and wore what looked like a white tunic.

“Hi.” said the voice, “I am an angel!” Jim wanted to reply aren’t you a bit small, but thought that might be rude!
“Ok.” He said, Jim was never big on long sentences.

I notice,” said the angel. “That your writing a list and wondered if I might help!”
“Ok, I guess.” Replied a rather bemused Jim.
“I wonder if I might add something to it if that was alright, and it needs to be first?” The angel asked.
“But I have one already and it’s the one I have every year.” Replied Jim a little impatient to get back to what he was doing.

“Trust me Jim, you might enjoy the change.” The angel countered.
“Ok,” replied Jim who wanted an easy life and thought he could always change his mind after if he didn’t like what the angel suggested.
“Great” the angel said and with a wink added “you can always change your mind if you don’t like it! Which sent a shiver down Jim’s back!
Jim crossed out loose some weight and looked at the angel for inspiration.
“I would like you to put two words. And they are Ask God.” the angel replied.
Is that it? Asked Jim
Yes, that’s it, ask God.

But what does that mean? Replied Jim looking towards the angel, except the angel had disappeared!! Jim looked around for the angel for several minutes, but he was no where to be found. Jim returned to his page and the words Ask God which now had three dots after it. He wondered what it might mean, then a startling thought occurred to him, what if it meant ask God about the year ahead!

Jim didn’t rub out the words the angel gave him but kept them, and as was his way stuck the list on his fridge so he would see it each morning, he used a magnet with the words F.R.O.G on it, he liked magnets and thought someday he should find out what the letters meant.

May this year be for each of us about finding out what God has for us, rather then us change our selves instead allowing God to change us reshape us into the men and women of God he is calling us to be, in the likeness of his son. Finally don’t forget to always live as those Forever Reliant On God!

Love and happy new year

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