HORIZONS

horizon

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST about your holidays abroad? – I asked one of my oldest friends last Christmas – who loved France as I do, and who had more recently developed a real taste for Florida. “Simple”, she replied. “They broaden our horizons.”

Today I shared in celebrating Ivy Durham’s long and well-lived life, in the Methodist Church in Cockermouth. A lovely gathering of family and friends remembered Ivy’s immeasurable gift for hospitality and a life-long Christian discipleship. And we recalled that

death is only an horizon and
an horizon is nothing
save the limits of our sight

And in amongst the fitting tributes for Ivy, I want to place on record my deep gratitude for the warm hospitality of the two clergy I shared the service with today; the first, long-serving former Minister at Cockermouth Methodist Church, Keith Rushton, and the second, the present-day Minister, Sue Edwards. The warmth and kindness of fellow clergy at times like these is very deeply appreciated indeed.

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