My Bible-in-Schools class this morning was AWESOME!! I taught the lesson of Joshua leading the people in defeating the Canaanites in the battle of Jericho, with the emphasis being on God's power and faithfulness, and the people's trust in Him. I've always known the story; I guess the wonder of the bible stories sometimes get lost on those of us who have handled them so often. For most of these kids, this was their first hearing thereof and their response was fantastic. Even the boys were wide-mouthed in amazement at the miraculous falling of the walls, especially as I smashed the cardboard visual aid I had brought along. It's great to see how these kids are 'getting' it - learning of God's love and care and greatness.
The skies were blue today after a week or more of rain and grey gloom. I have to train my brain that sunshine does not equal warmth as it did in SA and on St Helena, and dress appropriately for the winter temperatures. Today I did not get it right and have been shivering most of the day. We took a short drive out to see the icing-sugared mountains which is a beautiful sight. They are just capped with snow and quite spectacular. Came up alongside a field with three goats, hoping to photograph them in their natural habitat with the mountains in the background, but the goats fancied themselves real people-goats and came running. I'm sure one of them would have followed us home had she been able to climb through or over the fence, so strong were her affections. She caught me unawares while I was photographing her companion and nearly gave the camera a nuzzle!Aaron has been reading "The House at Pooh Corner" and occasionally reads lines to us for our enjoyment. I am more convinced all the time that A A Milne always intended his books to be read by grown-ups as well:
"And a Pooh is simply poohing
Like a bird".