The Kindness of Strangers

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Day 62

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Oxford, London

Today Mary and I rode the bus into “downtown” Oxford.  Our first stop was the Visitors’s Center.  We wanted to collect enough information to plan our week.  From there we headed to Carfax Tower where we climbed the 99 narrow steps in order to enjoy a magnificent view of the city. (first picture) After our hike, we walked through the  Covered Market and then we headed to University College to see the place where C. S. Lewis was a student.  The college was closed because students were in the process of taking their exams.  However, the porter (the person who guards the college entrance and assists the students) invited us to come in if we promised to be very quiet.  We saw the memorial to the poet, Shelley, who was also a student at the college.  We were allowed to enter the University Chapel.  We gazed at the stain glass windows depicting well known biblical passages.  We were even allowed to enter the Radcliffe Quadrangle.  This is where C. S. Lewis would have walked and talked when he was here.  (second picture)  As we were leaving we thanked the porter for his kindness.  He asked us to wait a moment and came back with a gift for each of us.  It was a postcard and bookmarker from the college.

After lunch, we decided to visit the Botanical Gardens which runs parallel to the river Thames.  We saw the Magdalen Bridge and many on the river punting.  The garden was in full bloom and the weather was wonderful.  We enjoyed God’s beauty and our Creator’s love of variety and color. (third picture).

Whenever you travel to a new place, you somewhat dependent on others to help you navigate your way around.  Today I give thanks for Oxford’s University College porter who showed us kindness and went the second mile by giving us a gift.  May I always be that kind to others.

I count it all joy,

Pastor Vallerie

PS I forgot to mention in yesterday’s blog that SheldonianTheater is the place where C. S. Lewis received two high honors from Oxford and was awarded his degree.

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