Well, this is my last contribution to the IACAC newsletter as President. I shall be standing down from the IACAC Executive Board after five years: the first as Vice President alongside Deacon Lewis Rose, and four years as President alongside Pierre, Mary, Bev (who is also standing down), Chris and Stephan, and five wonderful host chaplains. I offer them my thanks and undying admiration and affection.
Unlike some other presidents, I retire without lavish pension
and lifetime Secret Service protection, but with a sense of having had a
tremendous privilege in chairing the Executive Board and engaging with
colleagues in many ways and in many situations, sharing with others the joys
and challenges of airport ministry around the world.
Dear Friends and Colleagues, Cnut (or Canute) the Great (c. 995 – 1035), was “king of all England and Denmark and the Norwegians and of some of the Swedes”, often referred to as the North Sea Empire. Had his heirs not died in rapid succession and a weakened England not been conquered by William of Normandy in 1066, the European Union might now be a thousand years old with the UK and Scandinavia at its heart. If history was fair, Canute would be better known, as it is, he is often unfairly remembered as the idiot who thought he could stop the tide coming in – a 12th century story recorded by Henry of Huntingdon.
“When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God.”
is always worthwhile to ponder the truth of the often quoted
observation that the world is now like a global village. What happens
in one part of the world ripples like a wave on the water across the
rest of the world touching all in its path. Nothing else brought this
home more clearly than the worldwide grief and tragedy at the loss of
so many lives often as a result of a fanatical believer of some faith
or political group.
Here’s a challenge for you to consider
while you read this article (or scoot straight to the last few paragraphs, if
you don’t want to read it all!) where does this verse come from?
Old Testament? New Testament? Somewhere else?
This old familiar phrase came to me (as
I’m sure it did to many) in the aftermath of the total loss of all 157 souls on
board the Ethiopian Airways flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa’s Bole Airport to
JKIA Nairobi on Sunday 10 March.