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I forgot yesterday’s. Well, I remembered late at night, but it was “3 gifts empty” and for the life of me I couldn’t think of anything. I still can’t. So I’m going to skip that one.

Today it’s 3 gifts that made you really smile.

Bali retreat
You know how you hang things on the wall that you love, but then they just become background and you don’t look closely at them anymore? I stood and looked for a long while at the picture frame I made full of things from last year’s Bali retreat yesterday, and it just made me feel so happy. I’m so grateful to have been connected to all these lovely people. And the photo of Clare with her arms in the air as we all belted out ‘The Greatest Love of All’ on our last day just made me grin.

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The Rose
The one perfect rose that I mentioned a few days ago has been making me smile all week, every time I see it. I wish I could transmit the scent of it to you; as mum said, “it’s how roses are supposed to smell”. Today it’s looking like the overblown roses in The Slipper and the Rose (favourite childhood movie). Amazing how one small thing like a flower can bring so much joy.

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Singing
Oh I love to sing. I often lead singing at church, and sometimes the words of the songs just make me grin in joy and thankfulness and anticipation (it helps that smiling gives you a better vocal tone too). I love lines like ‘No condemnation now I dread, Jesus and all in him is mine!’, or the repeated phrase ‘Oh praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead’, or ‘How wonderful, how marvellous is my saviour’s love for me!’. I can’t help but smile when singing those. It’s especially good if I look at the people in the congregation and someone catches my eye and smiles back. Often people don’t look that lively when singing at church. Maybe it’s because some people feel very self conscious, or maybe they don’t like the style of music, or maybe they’re thinking about something else. But oh I wish people would let themselves be moved more when they sing!