Monday, 22 August 2016

"Eye hath not seen.....

...nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

We will mark today the passing of Margaret Halliwell through death to a life which is outside our imaginings. A life which the inspired writers of the Bible conveyed with words and pictures carrying a significance beyond time.

It is doubly touching that Margaret who could not see as we see on this earth can now see in every sense and even more than we who are left behind.

I remember going to see her at her home not many weeks ago. She was a great fan of Test Match Special - more a Jonathan Agnew than an Ed Smith fan. But Geoffrey Boycott is a Yorkshireman and that will always grate with  true Lancashire lass. So I took her the ump's ball counter to feel and somehow carry into her imagination something of the reality of the ump's craft(?). I have a lasting memory of her trying on my white coat and being drowned by it. Margaret you see was small of stature but that was the only small thing about her.

Big in heart and big in faith she knew in a far deeper way than I ever will what it means for faith to be "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

I shall miss her.