I have received an email asking me to forward a well-meaning statement about God's love and prayer to twelve friends. This was my answer:
Thank you for your invitation. I am sorry to let you down but I generally try hard not to get involved in "chain" emails, no matter how worthy the cause. Apart from the chore of deciding which ones are serious and which not so serious and which are worthy and which are downright spam, I often handle 30 or more emails a day. Many of them I try to reply to promptly and carefully. I am not always successful in the latter. But I just feel that life isn't meant to be spent just in front of a screen. So some emails get the "SHIFT/DEL" treatment and their senders disappear into the Junk Senders list.
I won't do that with you! But I have now spent more time on this than if I had just flicked it on to twelve friends, and it's 5.30am on Sunday and I should be doing something else. I certainly don't have time to think through the internet congestion implications of extrapolating an email by a multiplying factor of 12, no matter how biblical or well intentioned it may seem to be.
But Bev and I do send you our best love. We talk of you and your country often and wish that so many of our distant friends were just that little bit less distant. However, although we don't do anything so well these days we keep having some hopes of being able to travel again, some time, so who knows, we may meet again... That would be great...
Retired Presbyter of Methodist Church of New Zealand. Passionate pioneer in Local Shared Ministry, consultant in small churches, publisher of niche market books, producer of prosumer video, deviser of murder mystery dinners and former private pilot.
I trained for the Methodist Ministry at Trinity Theological College and eventually completed MA, Dip Ed as well.
Bev and I married just before my first appointment in Ngatea where our two children arrived. We went on to Panmure and Taumarunui. Longer terms followed at Dunedin Central Mission and the Theological College. During this time I was also involved as co-founder and second national President of Family Budgeting Services and adviser to the (government) Minister of Social Welfare.
My final four years were part-time, developing the first Presbyterian or Methodist Local Shared Ministry unit in this country and promoting the concept overseas.
Retirement has brought a whole lot more opportunities and challenges. We are now living in our own villa in Hibiscus Coast Residential Village.