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Trinity Methodist Church Gregson Lane, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0ED

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Recently my Wife, my Grandson, and I went shopping at the supermarket.

It was a dull day with heavy showers and in the store there were buckets and yellow ‘wet floor’ signs in places.

My wife and Grandson went in one direction, and I in another seeking the items we had on our list.

I came to the end of an aisle and as I turned to go down the next it was whoosh, then bang, and I was on the floor.

The fall stunned me and I couldn’t jump up and try to save embarrassment as I normally would have done, and my first feeling was that my clothes were soaking up the unmarked pool of water that I was lying in.

People’s hands were being offered to lift me up, and voices saying ‘stay where you are until we get help’.  I didn’t see any faces but thank you if you were one of these people.

Store assistants came and checked me and helped me to my feet. By this time my Wife and Grandson had arrived and he immediately put his arms around me and gave me a hug because he has that nature.

It is very special to have a six and a half year old do that, and to me they were the kindest hands that day. The store assistant said ‘Isn’t that just what you need’.

Since then I have been reflecting on the incident where hands reached out to assist and console me and I am reminded of the Bible passage from Matthew Ch.25 verses 34 to 40; (NIV) -

Jesus speaking;

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Gordon Whittle.

Published 01/02/2018