The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
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There is more to Pack Monday Fair than a brief historical account. This we could get from any reputable history book. What a difference it makes when it can be set in reality, a personal account written from personal experience. Here is such an account set in the 1930’s. It takes place in Sherborne, Dorset, England, and celebrates the completion of the building of Sherborne Abbey.
Having said that, however, a little of the history of Pack Monday Fair first may be helpful, in that it will set the scene for the more personal account later. There are at least two legends as to the origin of the fair, together with Teddy Roe’s Band, so closely allied to the fair, that a simple explanation will help to provide a little of the background to this narrative. Pack Monday Fair is held every year on the first Monday after the tenth of October. But, you may ask, why does it have to be a Monday, and why specifically the Monday after the 10th of October?
More to follow…
Poetry has always featured promenantly in Christian worship, mainly in the form of hymns and spiritual songs, but simple poems for personal use, penned by and for particular circumstances, feature just as promenantly. Here is a selection of poems written for various occasions, some produced as laminated cards to inspire people, and many just written for sheer pleasure ~ please read them prayerfully and feel free to either comment on them, or add verses of your own composition.
Daily Strength for Daily Living - Volume 2 is the second volume [concentrating on the New Testament] of a two-volume set providing a selection of 366 devotional meditations, one for every day of the year - including a leap year!
As the Pen4God Ministries Website and this Weblog so ably demonstrate, I love to write - indeed, I have always had the desire to write as far back as I can remember. Even as a child I would hardly ever be without a pen or pencil in my hand. “Scibbler” my mother used to call me. Although I would never claim, as did George Bernard Shaw on one occasion, to be a born writer, for me the urge was always there. It is still the same today.
Even so, as a boy of impressionable years, I did have visions that one day I might become a great author, rich and famous, writing about the world around me. How one changes as the years roll by! Although the old desire to write is still there over seventy years on, there is now no desire to become famous - like G.B.S., for example - nor rich through my writing. I may have had modest success in the literary sphere, with several published books to my credit, but in each of them there has been a desire to communicate a particular message to a particular people, believing the pen is mightier than the sword. That message was to minister the Gospel to the glory of God with a desire to help fellow Christians in their daily walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
However, looking back, I realised that I have written other things that have never been publised, not directly associated with the Gospel - although an indirect connection can be made - and that is about my love of history. To be more precise, my personal history. So in the Pen4God Ministries Weblog only [you will not find it in the Pen4God Ministries Website] you will find my attempts to branch out into a totally different genre, even though the desire to communicate is still present. Several posts will be devoted to this genre, that of seeking to recapture some of the atmosphere of my childhood days.
What about the indirect connection with the Gospel? All through my life I can see the hand of God upon my life, and this will be revealed from time to time through these writings; at the same time, it will illustrate my love of writing from an early age. This genre written especially for this Weblog is a result of my discovery of an old battered notebook that had been hidden away for decades, some holiday diaries of the 1930’s, and a schoolboy’s manuscript of my first unpublished lierary masterpiece about Dorset [a southern county in England] painstakenly typed out on an ancient typewriter of suspect vintage.
Click on the first comment and start reading…
Based on an original doctrinal study of God’s grace, started in the 1960’s, Grappling With Grace is a book about the amazing grace of God and its relevance in the world today - a personal study for the 21st Century.
There are a number of books in the Pen4God Ministries Bookshop - which can be accesed from two sites - those who are in a hurry at http://www.pen4god.co.uk/simplifiedbookshop or those who have more time and like a little more detail at http://www.pen4god.co.uk/Bookshop
From time to time I will be featuring extracts from some of these books and invite comments.
WELCOME TO THE PEN4GOD MINISTRIES WEBLOG
Welcome to the Pen4God Ministries Weblog, which is really an extension of the Pen4God Ministries Website. This is my personal website, a retired Christian minister, sharing my writings spanning over fifty years of ministry with the whole world. My name is Denis Wheadon.
By way of introduction, may I suggest that you logon to my Website where you can learn all about me (well, maybe not all, but certainly enough!) and see the aims and purposes behind both the Website and this Weblog.
You can view the Website by logging on to www.pen4god.co.uk
It is my hope and desire that through this Weblog the Website ministry will become more personal, in that we will be able to get in touch with each other on a more personal basis (and keep in touch, too!) thus extending the ministry for which the Website was created in the first place, extended now (I hope) through this Weblog.
When you have viewed the Website, do please add an entry into this Weblog letting me know what you think - this can include suggestions, comments, anything in fact which will help achieve the aim of helping other people in their daily lives, as explained in the Website.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
God richly bless you all.