Today at Brentwood I received a present. In honour of it being women's month. I still go through the 'why me? I don't deserve anything just because I am a minister!' but I have learnt to understand. Mrs Kumalo (the ordained minister's wife) and I were just the focus for a celebration that people wanted to happen. They wanted to party, they wanted to collect money and buy presents, they wanted to show love. It's all part of the fun. And we get chosen to be a focus because it is acceptable favouritism. They couldn't buy presents for all. So choose one or two. The leaders are an obvious choice.
That is not to say it is completely impersonal. The love and generosity is genuine and I felt very honoured. Rev Kumalo says that the gift of traditional clothes for both of us demonstrates that we have been truly accepted by the community.
God is good - because who am I and what have I done?