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Derwent Water, Keswick

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

Hello again. I hope you’re all well and at peace. We’ve been fortunate enough to take a trip to the Keswick Convention – we’ve not been able to go, for various reasons, since 2015. We were a party of four, as we took two ladies from church with us. We stayed three nights in a lovely B&B only minutes away from the venue and we finally saw Keswick in sunlight! Every time I’ve been to this town, the weather has been extremely wet; however, it was just too hot for me this time – we’re never satisfied, are we?

Baa baa black sheep!

The theme of this year’s Convention was ‘Grateful’ and we consider this to be an appropriate title, as we have so very much for which to be thankful to the Lord. Kev recently contracted Covid, for the second time this year, but his symptoms were only mild, compared to his last bout in January. Unbelievably, I avoided catching it. Various members of our families have been ill with one thing or another, but the Good Lord has answered our prayers and healed them.

It was the first week of the Convention and venues were packed solid. It’s amazing that so many Christians make the effort to meet in Keswick year after year since 1875! I took the opportunity to buy a couple of books from the many Christian book stands available, after a happy hour or two of browsing.

We do love all things owl!

We had a boat trip on the beautiful Derwent Water, as well as a couple of walks. We enjoyed the local cuisine, including an excellent Thai restaurant and several cafes. Our friend Pauline’s 80th birthday fell during this time away, so we treated her to a meal at the wonderful Pheasant Inn. The shops in Keswick are amazing, so – needless to say – we indulged our shopping addiction whilst away!

The heat was blistering on the Tuesday we were there, and I really struggled in the marquis, as there were so many people and very little air. I am sure the message was inspirational but I was unable to concentrate, fearing that I might faint and have to be carried out! Apparently, this was one of the hottest days in the Uk on record and I could hardly wait to get back to the accommodation and have a snooze. Kev went walking again but I was glad to bid him goodbye, in favour of a good book in the cool of our room..

“Who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

God loves us, called us and sent Christ to die for us. We can have eternal life through faith in Him, because He broke the power of death with His resurrection. We don’t deserve to be saved but God offers us salvation, anyway. We just need to believe in Him and accept His offer.

“So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

For those who have not experienced the Keswick Convention, I would highly recommend it. I am sure these events will be scheduled for many years to come and they are free to attend.

Well, I will love you and leave you now, in the caring hands of our wonderful God.  I trust you will have a peaceful, healthy and happy week.  But don't forget:

No Christ, no hope - Know Christ, know hope!

Love Ann

Derwent Water, Keswick