There is a season for everything in life, including the time to say goodbye. Over the years Graham and I have both written about one of the greatest characters Kings Cross has ever known. He wasn’t outrageous or flamboyant in the sense that tends to make people memorable. Rather it was his kindness that shone through him like a beacon. Even when our building is heaving with activity, his quiet nature, his quick wit and his ever-loyal dog would be a little safe harbour in the midst of a storm for many. Life will never be the same without him around, and all of us who knew him are richer for it. The last weeks of a person’s life often, but not always, reveals one’s true self. In the midst of great pain, he remained dignified, polite and hospitable until the very end. On Monday, 16 September at 1pm we will bid farewell to a good man in the chapel at Kings Cross. If you know who I’m talking about and have the time, please join us.
I asked someone this morning what they thought of the weekend’s latest football match and immediately received a lecture on just how little I knew about anything, and how I shouldn’t ask questions about which I had no idea. He was getting more and more agitated and moved away from me but continued on with the lecture. No one was listening but it didn’t seem to matter. While this was happening there was an intense discussion between a young lady and volunteer about a very specific item of clothing that was required. The volunteer was dealing with this with the utmost care and patience, especially as the young woman was listening to some loud music through her rather large headphones. Another one of our beautiful volunteers was attempting to very carefully explain to a man, who was not much in the mood to listen, about how no matter how much she could try, his phone wouldn’t work without battery. He was not willing to accept this fact. Our teams do manage minor miracles on a daily basis with limited resources but there are some things even they can’t achieve.
Starting next Tuesday 17 September, our new three-part series Gutter Philosophy with Rev Graham Long begins, where Graham will discuss the big questions. It’s your last chance to buy tickets for the first session that asks “Can we be certain of anything?” based on teachings from Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. If you’ve been looking to hear more wisdom from the loving ‘grandfather’ of Wayside, buy your ticket to the first session for $30 here, or buy all three for a special price of $75 here. We hope to see you there.
Thanks for being a caring Inner Circle,