Sunday, March 29, 2009

post chemo and opening service

Pads is weak and tired after returning home... saying that, I spent the night with him on the ward and dont feel a lot better myself... some kind of cold doing the rounds...
Someone suggested tranquillising him in order to help get the tube down and this worked well. He had a temazepam so that he was still fairly high when I took over from Al in the evening.
In the event, nothing like 10000 people came to the opening service, probably more like 350! But it was wonderful to see the place so full and the singing was lovely, it rose and fell like the sea in waves of sound, very beautiful! This was no doubt helped by so many people coming from various churches, far and wide. Mr Higham's preaching was like a laser for clarity and force. He was very animated, amazing to consider how weak he had been just a month ago. He spoke from Romans 1:17
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
He spoke about the burning righteousness of God, the 'gaze of God' on your soul when we face Him and the complete disaster that will be unless we are cleansed by the blood of Christ and covered with His righteousness, in every way equal to God's own. All this, 'by faith', not of works or reputation or any other thing. The sermon is available from the website at


Susanna said...

That first hymn was just amazing- this sea of sound raising in praise to God. It was lovely to be able to join with you all.Good thing there were not 10000...where would you have put us all?! Glad the temazepan (sp?!) worked. I remember Daniel being high on was quite funny - a relief after stress.He started singing Bob the builder at the top of his 3 yr old lungs :)(on a Sunday to- honestly! :)
I hope this tube stays down well.

Mike Johnson said...

Hi Susanna, it was great to see you! The Welsh have a reputation for singing, but they really have nothing to sing about these days - not even the rugby! But when a fair sized congregation have salvation to sing about, small wonder if it sounds as loud as it does sweet. There were times when I couldnt hear the organ at all - something my brother is working hard to sort.