This was an important day for Jack, indeed this was a life changing time for Jack. Today he retired.
Myself and two other colleagues had taken Jack out to lunch to celebrate this milestone.
The man himself was very excited and looking forwards to the days and years ahead. We were the only people in the Park Hotel dining room this Friday lunchtime but just as our soup was served I glanced up and saw Sir Jimmy Saville coming through the door. He was wearing his famously flamboyant cloths, his long blond hair and the all important huge cigar.
As he passed our table he waved his jewel encrusted hand and said hello.
Of course we continued with our lunch and Jack told us of his plans. He and his wife were keen on caravanning, there were grandchildren to spend time with and a list as long as one’s arm of all the other things he was determined to do.
When Sir Jimmy had finished his lunch he did something quite remarkable. He came over, put his hand on Jack’s shoulder and said this: “Well Jack this is your big day and the lads here asked me to come up and wish you all the best”. Quite obviously having overheard conversation he relayed all the things Jack had mentioned. Sir Jimmy slipped into the part beautifully and I am convinced right up until the day he passed away Jack believed Sir Jimmy was there for him.
Sir Jimmy didn’t have to do that, indeed there are celebrities who would have insisted they had the dinning room to themselves. The point is he did and by doing so he made such a contribution to Jack’s transition into retirement and to his happiness and well-being.
God’s light and grace are with us all of the time and with this comes the strength to reach out a hand of concern, hope, help, reassurance and love.
All over this world there are millions of people living below any recognised poverty level. This is through no fault of their own. Hard as they might they just cannot turn their lives around.
Often we are asked, and are usually able, to provide help in a tangible way both financially and materialistically. Unfortunately people and families cannot give as freely as they would like and this may lead to frustration and disappointment.
Even if you think there is nothing left to give, believe me there is.
I am a great believer in the power of prayer and the act of praying is so important. To pray for those we know and those we don’t will make a difference; that is a promise made to us by our saviour.
However, remember to pray for yourself because you are just as important in God’s eyes.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
Montrose Old and St Andrew’s