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Dear Friends

A few years ago I was asked to go and take a service in Elland.  I set off in good time as I didn't know where the church was and I was informed that it was difficult to find.  However, I found it alright with the aid of the A-Z and a helpful resident who pointed the way.  I couldn't park near the church, so I had to walk up an historic set of steps.  When I got to the top, I encountered a beautiful Methodist Church with a well kept garden in front.  As I was early I sat on the seat in the sunshine and enjoyed a lovely view; it felt good to be alive on God's earth.

The service went well and afterwards I set off back home, unfortunately I took a wrong turn in the middle of Elland and didn't realise until i had travelled 2 miles.  I asked a lady which was the correct way and she pointed to the motorway.  When I arrived at the motorway there was no junction, so I ended up going right over Saddleworth Moor on my way to Oldham.  I was relieved when I saw a sign pointing to Huddersfield.  After 15 miles I cam to a roundabout and soon realised I was back in Elland.  This time I took the correct turn and was soon on my way home.

As I reflected on this incident, I thought this can be an illustration of the Christian life.  If we reject God's way and do our own thing, we will always have to come back to the place where we parted company with Him.  There are no short cuts on our spiritual pilgrimage.  Yes, we do have to come back and however long it takes, God's hand will guide us back into His way.

Christian love
Keith

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