Posts Tagged ‘thankful’

The last day.

Today is my last day with UCCF. It seems fitting that it should end with blogging in front of Little Miss Sunshine with my housemate. A fairly relaxed final day then. It’s not the end of all things, after all I think the situation with UCCF is similar to the Narnia thing, once a King or Queen in Narnia, always a King or Queen. Once a UCCF Staff Worker, always a UCCF Staff Worker. It’s been 5 years that I don’t have the adjectives to describe. Most of all I’m staggered by the reality of God through it all, his patience with stupid dust like me, his work in peoples lives and the struggles and joys of living with that.

The best thing about the job has been working with Lou, Sam, Jonny, Jess, Ceryn, Sarah and Anna, all Relay workers who I’ve seen God transform beyond anyones expectations. I’ve made amazing friends for life, I’ve driven my car to death, I’ve perfected the art of eating pizza late at night driving back from CU meetings, I’ve worked with CUs of 2 people in a room, I’ve stood in front of a thousand students and played ‘would you rather’ with them, I’ve met a lot of people, been in strange situations and still nothing quite beats the leg waxing for charity event a CU put on in my first year of Staff. Watching boys get their legs and armpits get waxed as part of my job was a surreal step too far.

This morning Anna and Lou took me out for a final breakfast on campus, my graduation ceremony, to earn my breakfast I had to complete the following quiz.

1. Complete the following phrases:

“encourage the….”

“live for…”

“you’ve gotta have love…”

“I will dance, I will sing…”

2. What type of people does God use to shame the wise?

3. Name every Relay Worker that has been on the South East team in the last 5 years.

4. Which of your Relay workers doesn’t drink tea?

5. What is the best lunch to feed a Relay worker?

6. How many times have you done questionnaire evangelism in the last 5 years?

7. Chichester or Portsmouth?

8. Eastbourne or Brighton?

9. Southampton or Reading?

10. Quinta or Hoethorpe Hall?

11. What is the best sign on the A27

12. How much does Jesus love you katharnold?

I’ll post the answers if anyone cares…

I think I might sleep for a million years now. Tiredness doesn’t come close to what I’m feeling today. It’s been a blast though. I’m thankful to Gareth and Nay who had the unenviable task of supervising me through the years, to Bish for the one car journey he didn’t fall asleep on the way back from Forum, to all the lovely Staff workers especially those on the Relay Team and the class of 2003, we were the best year 🙂


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So, I made it to the end of my 31 days of thankfulness. Hereby I declare Feburary and May as months to be thankful and not months of grumpy Kath, as they always turn out to be. It’s been a good month for kicking in the face of the darkness that threatens to shroud my brain at times. And although it hasn’t been a perfect month there have been shiny moments of joy in amongst the random tired times. I’m not going to give up on being thankful for the details, I just might not regal you (whoever you are) with my tales of sunshine and wine.

One of the genius things about this whole relapse into the world of 365ing is that I now have a tag cloud that fully represents who I am (facebook readers, you’ll have to actually, like, check out the blog at somepoint). All the essentials are there: Jesus, tea, questions, maker, sunshine, wine, beer, friends, family, dreams, rain, musings, cake, chocolate, laughing, fun, beach. I think that’s a pretty fair reflection of KathArnold.

Back to normal blogging again. And to steal a line from Bright Eyes: “Into the caverns of tomorrow with just our flashlights and our love, we must plunge, we must plunge, we must plunge.” See you in there.

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Being thanked for something I said, being of use in someone’s life. Drumming for the first time in about 4 weeks. Getting it very very wrong but laughing and being laughed at. Home to House.

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