Living History

This weekend I was treated to a trip to Ongar by a special friend. We first of all went on the Epping-Ongar Railway where we initially were pulled by a 95 year old steam engine then went onto a 60 year old diesel multiple unit. Both brought back memories. Living history.

After that we went on a walk to an old Saxon church. It is England’s oldest wood built church with the oak dated to around 835. It made me think of the men who made it and all who have worshipped there over the changing centuries. Living history.

Then there’s me. 61 years old and able to remember events, items and people long gone. Things now in museums and ways of doing things consigned to the past. In my own way I am living history.

As we approach Easter the Church in the middle east prepares. People were first called Christian in Antioch in Syria. Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt are also part of Jesus’s story. And the church has been there since the earliest days. It’s people and buildings are living history. But they are under tremendous pressure. Do remember them at this time as they seek to demonstrate a living future.

Published by adrian60

Turning 60 is a door to a new decade. I want to use these years positively, starting with the next one. So I want it to be a year of trying different things as well as familiar one and to do a couple of challenges. 60 things at 60 with the aim of raising £6 000 for the charity Open Doors, serving persecuted Christians around the world, many who live with very little. Would you be part of the adventure with me?

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