It had been a fairly depressing day. A whole lot of stuff carrying the message that all that I have devoted my ministry to is not getting anywhere and is marginalised. Then I leave the office to return home. I don't notice the blue sky and sunshine (it is the beginning of April) until I pass a fairly scruffy man. His appearance would have normally led me to expect a plea for some change for a cuppa. Instead I receive beaming smile. "Isn't this sunshine lovely" he says. Awoken to my surroundings I reply "Gorgeous!". "Thank you sir" the man responds.
I didn't accept any responsibility for the nice day, far from it, but I know who does and I am thankful for the man who draws my attention to the simple hope that is in a sunny spring day, with the prospect of more to come.