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At our wedding blessing, International Church Wroclaw, April 2017

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3)

Hello. Isn’t this weather beautiful? It really feels as though spring has arrived at last. We’ve had some nice walks this week and are looking forward to going to Blackpool and Rossendale this weekend, to visit my sisters – outdoors, of course!

 

Pastor Scott, who blessed our marriage

“Therefore, what God has joined together let man not separate.” (Mark 10:9)

I’ve been thinking about our wedding blessing in Poland lately. We had got married in February 2017, and I went back to Poland to finish my contract. But Kev visited me over Easter and we were fortunate enough to have our marriage blessed in the international church which I attended. We both wore our wedding outfits and invited all our friends to the service. We ate a buffet lunch in the church and then had a small party at my apartment.

Kaori, me, Brett and Michelle - my apartment in Wroclaw

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)

Why is love for others called a debt? We are permanently in debt to Christ for the lavish love He has poured on us. The only way we can even begin to pay this debt is by loving others in turn. Because Christ’s love is infinitely greater than ours, we will always have the obligation to love our neighbour.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

God doesn’t forgive us just because we forgive others, but because of His great mercy. Having received forgiveness we should pass it on to others. After all, Christ was even willing to forgive those who crucified Him.

Friends at International Church, Wroclaw - April 2017

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

God reaches out to His people with kindness motivated by deep and everlasting love. He is eager to do the best for them, if they will only let Him.

Kev and I felt so blessed to have this wonderful time in Wroclaw together. The few days flew by and soon it was time for him to go back to Warrington. We knew we wouldn’t see each other until May, when I planned a short visit to him over the holiday weekend. We have so many fond memories of this city and are hoping to visit again – not this year, though – but maybe next year, God willing!

I really hope you all get the opportunity to go somewhere nice this year. Hoping your dreams come true and you will be able to see family and friends, and visit some of your favourite places.

In the meantime, let me remind you of just how much the Lord loves you.

Stay safe and well. God bless.

Ann

No Christ, no hope – know Christ, know hope!

Putting our mark on Lovers' Bridge Wroclaw

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:5)

While Kev was in Wroclaw, we visited Tumski Bridge, a steel bridge over the Oder River. This is known as Lovers’ Bridge and the tradition is to purchase padlocks and fasten them to the side of the bridge to ‘lock their love’. Buskers playing violins add to the atmosphere, making it such a romantic experience.