I know I have a Lot of Blessings in My Life

Olive with Gayle at a Christmas event at St Mary’s

Olive Bray, who attends St Mary’s, describes what Sunday is like for her as a person with a deep faith but who does not access the internet and, like the rest of us, can’t meet with others in our church buildings.

My Sunday begins with a call from Gayle at 7.30am – Gayle (our churchwarden) is so good at calling around and checking everyone is OK. At 8am I listen to the church service on the radio, then I read the church newsletter and work through Dave and Oli’s service words, which include readings, sermon notes and prayers. I receive these notes earlier in the week by post. At 11am I tune into the Sunday service on the TV and after lunch I like to watch Songs of Praise. I used to work for British Airways and I was a member of their Christian Fellowship. I call one of my friends, a former colleague, after Songs of Praise has finished and we compare notes about which songs and hymns we knew and what we thought of this week’s programme. 

Later, I might slip out for a quick walk. I’ve never been so thankful for the patch of grass on the other side of the road. I find it hard being in lockdown as I am normally quite active walking around and where I live I don’t have my own garden. I can feel quite down in lockdown some days, and there are things that make it hard – like not being able to finish the decorating and sorting in my apartment, and the help I was expecting with my teeth has been postponed for now. I am probably watching more TV than I should. But I am so thankful for the people in my life who look out for me and get me the things I need. I know I have a lot of blessings in my life. I have been a Christian my whole life and it has never felt so precious to me to pray the line from the Lord’s prayer “Give us this day our daily bread.” 

Olive Bray