I’ve been very lazy following Easter, and having had a prod from my totally brilliant daughter, I’m back typing. It snowed just on the Wednesday before and the garden was under three inches by the morning. I was quite surprised at how cross I felt, I just didn’t want snow any more, I wanted to play in my garden! In a way it was my own fault, 30 minutes before the blizzard struck, I was out there spreading compost on the flower bed!
We had a lazy time over the holiday, enjoying each others company, walking n the hills, going shopping – but ending up not buying anything! Having just been editing my diary excerpts for this, I realise how far we’ve come since we’ve arrived. Praise God! The mountains seem to be clearer of snow earlier this year and there were loads of fornicating frogs in the streams as we walked.
Good Friday had me feeling under attack as BT decided to cancel my email address – ok so I’ve not been a customer for a few years, but they could have warned me! So with this hanging over me, we went to the Church Service. Everyone was lovely and Heidi the assistant pastor said she hadn’t known about my 50th birthday because we’re not members. Duh, we hadn’t thought of it either, we seem to have slipped through the net. So now we’ll meet up and do the paperwork – and being Austria it’ll be about ten forms in triplicate. Maybe now we’ll get more involved, is this simple thing what has been holding us back, or has God kept it back until we were ready? So I sat in the service, constantly going back to what to do about the email address, when I began to realise, I was under a form of attack. So I just said, right, you ain’t going to spoil things for me and I rejoiced. The thought also came that I must be getting close to something if the devil’s (it) having a go at me. When we had communion, I felt that lovely closeness of such love surrounding us all, we were all truly celebrating the greatest gift of all.
Dave was blighted by a migraine so he missed the Easter fire, but for the first time for maybe years, I wasn’t cross and didn’t do the self pitying – we came here to do stuff together, I’m always on my own, blah, blah, I actually felt sorry for him! There was wind this year, so the smoke blew away from the Lungau in the early morning.
Its with some trepidition that I write this next bit, wouldn’t wish to alienate anyone but………Easter Sunday and the attack continued. I never usually bother too much about news, but Sky came up with some Government minister having said that following the reported case, Christian couples should have the right to refuse to board gay couples when the B&B is in their own house. Then news man trotted out a token gay who gave all the usual hard done by rubbish they come out with. I was SO cross, England just panders to the minorities, it’s not equality for all or a democracy anymore. Orwell was right in Animal Farm, all are equal but some more than others. I’m not banging gays and their rights here, but the inequality. Christianity is the faith of England, and every time another excuse arises for Christian bashing the press are there. Perhaps we should say we are a minority group now too. We are being prejudiced against, it’s always the rights of everyone else, gays, muslims, wombats etc over the Christian. We have the same religious rights as other religions (see Bill of Human rights) but that is forgotten. Bet the story wouldn’t have made even a murmur if the couple had been muslim, its ok for them to do what they flippin well like. Then Brian Houston preached on TV how all is not what it seems to be, as on the Cross. To the disciples it seemed that all was lost, but in fact it was the greatest thing in the world that was happening. This gave me peace, and later in the day, Sky actually had the lawyer for the couple on, who said whatever law the gays were using, it equally applied to the Christians applying their religious rights and it could even go to European courts. I’M SO GLAD I DON’T LIVE IN ENGLAND ANYMORE!
And the attacks go on, it took me a whole morning on the phone and net to get a new Austrian email address, and sort out my mobile. Dave didn’t get paid as much as expected, so we’ve really got to watch things for yet another month. I had a real tantrum when I saw the bank statement, then for perhaps the first time realised how childish I was being! We have more then enough. The washing machine filter got blocked and I nearly flooded the hall as well as the bathroom. I’ve broken a plate and the loo brush holder. Our daughter was ill and it was tempting to descend into worry and frustration, but we prayed for her and rebuked the illness, result, the next day she was better. Maybe its just life and I’m ascribing (it) too much power. But I prefer to believe, something great is happening soon!
Yesterday I got a letter saying the new job starts on Monday, two weeks earlier than as expected, so my blogging may be a bit erratic for a while, but I’ve got some things stored!