I’m quite excited about the prospect of the sea wall being repaired in our parish.
There’s always something going on down there on the other side of Anchorsholme Park. The wrecked ship before we arrived, and then the repair rig, with assorted debris on the prom, when we had moved in. Fishermen, camper vans, the road closing when it’s stormy. Signs that say ‘dual carriageway ahead’ as you pass Lidl and hit the prom!! (early sign for the undersea road to the Isle of Man, perhaps?) And crumbling concrete extended all the way to the splendid cosmopolitan prom in Cleveleys, over the border into Wyre.
There’s a platform out there now, but I don’t know what it’s doing – except witnessing to hidden plumbing and things under the sand that somebody in a control room somewhere is keeping tabs on.
Had a good chat with Paul Galley, one of our councillors, and explored the intrigue of trying to unearth what is going on with the sea wall, and when to expect any changes to start.
It’s a bit like the game ‘who started the action.’ You stand in a circle making noises or movements that a designated person has initiated, and who regularly, quietly, changes the action. It is the job of people in the circle to change the action they have copied when signalled to do so, but to do it in a way so as not to give away who is the initiator. (Hope you are still following this.) It is the job of the person in the centre of the ring to try and find the source of the action.
Well done so far, Paul!
We live in a changing place, but we tend to look for stability. These days we are expected/conditioned to demand it.
But, as Jesus said, if you try and preserve your life, hold tightly onto what you think you’ve got, you’ll lose it. If you yield unconditionally to God, then you get in touch with reality, and you will keep and learn to live in the real for ever.
The good news of Jesus is about change – that is the heart of the gospel: new start, fresh life, expect the unexpected. Always hope. But as the guy that write Hebrew knew very well, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.” The constant and the inconstant in perfect harmony.
Or, as the Alarm sang, Permanence in Change.