Thursday, 5 June 2014
Dear Inner Circle,
Someone spilled a fair bit of talcum powder in one of our showers. The next person in was heard yelling, “What a waste”. Somewhere in Kings Cross today is someone who can’t get the sweet smell out of their nostrils.
A young but sickly looking woman saw me this week after making an appointment some weeks ago. She’s been a member of this inner circle for some time and neither of us knew how this had happened. She sat in my office shaking for what would have been perhaps 10 minutes before a single word could be said. She somehow knew that our meeting would be significant although I had no idea and knew nothing but a name in my diary. Once we got going, a volcanic eruption of words and emotions flew into the air. I contributed nearly nothing except to be amazed that this stranger chose this moment to begin to claim her life back. Her father was a prominent community member in a country town and yet his cruelty knew no limits. As a little girl, the woman was many times horsewhipped by her angry and drunk father. As a little girl she was often thrown out of the house and locked in a shed all night. She was only the age that of my granddaughters and I could hardly bare to imagine what I was hearing. By the time she walked out of the room, we both knew that a corner had been turned. A therapist friend agreed to work from this point and if we never meet again, we’ll both know that something happened bigger than the both of us this week. She gave permission for me to tell this much of her story.
Massive thanks for all the undies, bras and toiletries that are flowing through our front door. We put a shout out on Facebook and it was shared 912 times, reaching 50,000 people. Every day more gifts of love arrive. Our deepest thanks to you all and our assurance that nothing says, “I love you” like a clean pair of undies.
If you want to continue the goodwill, it's not too late to help Wayside receive up to $50,000 from Dick Smith's $1million giveaway to charities. Dick Smith is a dear friend and one of the most generous people I've ever met. All you have to do is send a photo of yourself with a Dick Smith Foods product via email or text to firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure you nominate The Wayside Chapel with your submission. Please send your photos before the end of June.
Walking home last night a tall, well-dressed man walked up behind me and said, “I think I’m reading your book just now”. He explained that a little while ago he broke his leg and was pretty miserable and unable to do much and that my book came at just the right time. We talked for about 5 minutes. I never use the word, “author” of myself as I don’t think of myself as such but encounters like this one are a real thrill. I’m getting more feedback about the book now than I had at the time of its release. The book is still available in Big W or online here and we have some for sale in our Op Shop at Wayside.
A young woman with paralysing beauty sat in front of me this morning and said, “I don’t know anyone with a happy marriage”. “Well,” I said, “you do now”.
Thanks for being part of our inner circle,
That’s enough for now. Thanks for being part of our inner circle.
Rev. Graham Long
Pastor and CEO
The Wayside Chapel
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Previous Inner Circles
22 May: Finding home
15 May: Flying
8 May: Tests, triumps and tissues
1 May: Skuse the French
24 April: Lifting the curtain
17 April: Collective love
10 April: Cardiac arrest
3 April: Awe struck
27 March: You're invited to something special
20 March: Rather a prohet than a loss
13 March: It's all happening at the wayside
6 March: Love makes all the difference
27 February: What goes around
20 February: The joy of being empty handed
13 February: Loving the growth spurts
6 February: Mighty glad to be back by the wayside
23 January: Some criminals have class
16 January: Wonderful surprises
9 January: Ready, set
19 December: Thanks for an awesome year
12 December: Mission and wishin'
5 December: The ups and downs and all is well
28 November: Kissed by the community
21 November: Our cup runneth over
14 November: A revelation from wayside
7 November: When excrement happens
31 October: I am therefore I think
24 October: We are surrounded by heroes
17 October: When you least suspect
26 September: A wayside wobbly
19 September: Knowing a gift
12 September: Advancing at the retreat
5 September: A little dose of good
29 August: Fighting with a feather
22 August: The boom is just beginning
15 August: True riches
8 August: Small is beautiful
1 August: Sensitive people miss all the best views
25 July: A whole lot going on at wayside
18 July: Kings Cross a place of courage
27 June: Holy ground