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missing the train

How frustrating when you are hoping to meet with someone but the waiting and the arriving fail to coincide.  How many of life’s significant experiences occur in the split second of making a choice to stay or go.  The events of the New Zealand earthquake have reminded us of the seeming randomness of good and bad fortune.  A choice to answer an email rather than take a cigarette break saved the life of one person. And yet these moments of timeliness occur every day, we encounter different people and experiences.  Some of those who encountered Jesus had heard his name and travelled to meet him, but even so being able to hear or speak was dependent upon the crowd.  In our haste to keep to our plans let us be also open to what we may experience outside our control.  All such moments will shape us.

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Anthea SullyAnthea Sully is a human rights campaigner.