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I had ministered on the South Coast of England amongst people I consider good friends having

been a few times now …

At the end of the day  some special ones came and blessed me in a way I will never forget .

I still have the warm purple blanket and sometimes place it over my shoulders ‘in remembrance’ of the act of love and how I felt .

For me they represented my Father, and I have mediatated a lot on how He is a God who covers us .. eg in the way the father covered his returning son with his special robe !

It had been a good day

The people came with open hearts

Ready to believe

They made the pilgrimage

They took the step

They wanted to receive.


So Father came

No need for us to send

a ‘reponds s’il vous plaits ‘

He loves to come 

And drink with us 

When hearts and doors are open

If we will join him on the way


And having ministered throughout the time 

As meeting came to close

I felt that happy warmth inside

That I had been the honoured host

That carried and displayed God’s love before the people 

So they could worship him


But also I was tired  - a good tired


And in that place of contentment and  peace 

That moment of blessing  and rest

Four sisters came 

Like those who ministered to the Lord

Four special ones to stand with me

With smiles of joy and thankfulness, and fellowship, and sparkles in their eyes


‘This blanket is for you , ‘ 

They said 

In all humility

They wrapped it round my shoulders

The act so full of grace and beauty

And then they prayed


And in the covering  I felt

The heavy, weighty gentle presence of the Lord

And it became for me within that moment

A Sacrament of love

A covering

A warm embrace

A blessing from above

A symbol of His thankfulness 

A gift 

Of beautiful simplicity

And honouring

An act of love poured out on me 

Became a door 

Into the higher realm of eternity


A picture speaks 1000 words

An action thousands more

That simple act of kindness

That joyful act of love 

Will stay with me forevermore




John nuttall 2018

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