Every picture tells a story, so they say.
I have just been sorting through a box of old photographs left to Billingborough Church by the Blasson family. I am preparing them for an exhibition as part of the Flower Festival weekend at Billingborough, 14-16 June. A few people have wandered into the kitchen, and said, ‘That's my house' or ‘I think that is so-and-so'. When they are displayed I will put out a note book and encourage people to leave information to add to this particular bit of village history.
It is very important to know our village history and have a sense of who we are, and the events that have shaped our community. It gives us important information, in very practical things, like which part of the village is likely to flood in extreme weather conditions; and in day to day living.
The Church has just celebrated the great festival of Pentecost or Whitsun. This celebration reminds us about who we are. Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, when he had gone back to heaven, God sent his power into the world in a special way through his disciples. They were given courage to tell others about the love and power of God. They told the stories that Jesus told, and described his miracles. They remembered Jesus as they shared bread and wine together.
Through the celebration of Pentecost all Christians are reminded about the love and power of God. They remember their history, and can follow the examples of those first Christians, who took many risks to speak the Good News. We are asked by God to invite his power into our lives, so we too can speak out about all that is good and of God.
With my love and prayers