Thursday, March 01, 2007

Splittin' My Shoes

Wow! What a day! I slept in until 9:30 but I guess I needed the sleep after only dozing on the plane coming over here. Rather than wasting time eating breakfast, I headed for Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard at 11:30. Wow again! As I watched the pomp and ceremony, standing in front of the gates, this thought came to me...

"What will the gates of heav'n be like,
When we are finally home?"

I can sense a poem or a chorus coming along, can't you!

Following the spectacle at the palace I took the tube to the Metropolitan Tabernacle (pictured), where Spurgeon preached. I was shown the sanctuary and then browed in the Tabernacle Bookshop! That was a special treat. You can't let a bibliophile loose in bookish Britain. I found a diary of Andrew Bonar that I was looking for.

Then it was off to Westminster Abbey. I guess the highlight there was seeing David Livingstone's tomb stone. I'll quote what it said later, perhaps after I get home.

By the way, I'm at another internet cafe tonight so I can't post my pictures until I can use my laptop somewhere.

Tomorrow morning I'm off to Olney by train, the town where John Newton and William Cowper lived and where William Carey pastored before leaving for India. I'll ask for a wake-up call in the morning so I can get a head start.

That's all for now, folks. Thanks for your love and prayers. Please keep Carol and the kids in your prayers too. Thank you!

The Pilgrim

P. S. Why the title, Splittin' My Shoes? I walked to far today that the seams of my shoes came undone. Oh well. That's what pilgrim's do!


  1. Dear David..I am right now watching the Toronto News and I think that the Lord was truly on your side this Tuesday.
    People are stranded all over the city and there were several flights cancelled at the airport.
    I am so glad that you made it to England even though you were squished!

    As for wearing out your shoes, it didn't seem to bother Eija when she wore her's out!!

    Watching the changing of the guards was always so moving when we used to see it in Ottawa but just imagine seeing it in England..How glorious Pilgim David!

    I am glad that you found ANOTHER book for your collection. Hopefully you will find those four or so that you have been searching for of George Muller.

    David Livingstone was a true hero too David.
    You are so fortunate to be seeing all of these names where they lived and we will be very fortunate that we will be able to see these sites whenever you can download the pictures!

    Are you going to India?

    I am still praying for Carol and the children..Gods's blessing...From Terry

  2. you are making sweet memories!! and fulfilling dreams ... all at the same time ...

    oh - maybe you will have to break down and buy a new pair of oxfords while there ... *grin*

  3. Sounds like you're having a great time! And you picked a good time to travel- the weather was horrible today, and from the sounds of it will continue for the next few days.
    I can sympathize about flying while squished! A few years ago a friend and I flew to Europe to visit some of her relatives, and (same as you!) about 10 minutes into the flight the person ahead of me put their seat back and kept it that way for the entire 7 hour flight, so I spent the flight with my knees in my chest. I'm only 5'8, so I can imagine it must have been so much worse for you! Oh well, sounds like it was worth it!
    Thanks so much for swinging by my blog again! I'm studying up in Sudbury at Laurentian University. I'm graduating this year with my Bachelor of Physical Education. Only 4 more weeks to go (but really, who's counting?!). When I'm back in Ottawa I go to the Osgoode Bible Chapel-it's a small Brethern assembly just outside of the city. I went to that church growing up, then my family switched to a church in Kanata, and then we went back to Osgoode when I was in my teens. There really isn't anyone else my age there, but luckily I have a few Christian friends and we've organized an informal college and careers group.
    I hope you continue to have a great time on your trip; can't wait to see pictures!
    I'll keep Carol and the children in my prayers (and you too!)


  4. I'm so glad you are having a wonderful, memorable time, David! Blessings, Debra