Share Four Somethings: October 2021

This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “path.” I’m also linking with Share Four Somethings, where on the fourth Saturday of the month, we look back at the path we have walked over the last month and then turn our eyes to the path ahead.

Something Loved

If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that I love musical theatre, and October always reminds me of a couple of trips I’ve made to London and the shows I’ve watched there.

It’s been exciting to hear about shows re-opening, and, while I have no plans to travel to London at the moment, one of the shows I’d most like to see if I did is Come From Away. While it wasn’t quite the same as seeing it live, I’m grateful that this month has brought the opportunity to see a recorded version.

Come From Away is stunning. It is based on a true story, and set in the days immediately following 9/11 when several planes were diverted to a small town in Newfoundland and stranded there for four or five days, and it explores the various responses to the tragedy from different perspectives – the passengers and pilots from the planes as well as the local residents. It is powerful, and a beautiful tribute to the human kindness shown in the midst of such a devastating tragedy. The musical was filmed live on Broadway, so it is the closest thing possible to watching the actual stage show. It is streaming on Apple TV+ and it is well worth a month’s membership for that alone.

This month, I also managed to get my fix of live theatre as I went to see Blood Brothers. (The music is less good, but the acting was amazing!) It was wonderful to be back in the theatre (for the first time since 2019) and I’m hoping to get to another show next month.

Something Read

Since my word for the year is “faithfulness,” I was interested to read this book exploring the stories of twelve faithful women.

I appreciated the range of women that were featured. There were some, like Corrie Ten Boom and Joni Eareckson Tada, whose stories I was already familiar with; some, like Helen Roseveare and Susannah Spurgeon, that I had heard of but didn’t know much about; and some, lie Wen Wei Chieh and Esther Ahn Kim, whose names were completely unfamiliar.

Each woman’s story is summed up in around fifteen pages, so it provides a brief introduction to their lives. What I particularly appreciated is that each chapter ends with a section entitled “Lessons from the faithful,” which draws out lessons from each woman’s life and provides Bible passages to read and questions to reflect on to help the reader apply the lessons to their own life.

I also appreciated that the book is honest about the flaws and failings of the women that are featured, as well as telling of their faithfulness. It’s a reassuring reminder that faithfulness does not equal perfection!

You can find “12 Faithful Women” on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

Something Treasured

This month I got to take part in my first youth residential since March 2020! 70 young people together for a whole weekend! There were various restrictions such as masks, testing and division into three different “bubbles” but it was wonderful to watch the young people enjoying time together. There were also some great questions and conversations about faith!

Something Ahead

November looks set to be a busy month of near “normal”. I hope it turns out that way!

I have more face-to-face work with young people, another theatre trip, hopefully a new Journey to Heal mentee, lots of church activities, and beginning to plan for Christmas. In December I hope to be playing in my first indoor live concert since COVID.

I say “I hope” with all these plans as everything still feels fragile and uncertain, especially as we move into winter, but I’m grateful that, for the moment at least, we have a lot more freedom than this time last year!

10 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings: October 2021

  1. I’ve been grateful for streaming services more than ever in these past 18 months. It doesn’t take the place of live performances, but it helps fill the gap.

    I’ve found a couple new (to me) books to read about my One Word the past month as well. Such exciting finds. Sounds like you found a great one about faithfulness.

    Your November sounds amazing!

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    1. Yes, nothing beats a live performance but I’m grateful that we’ve had some alternative ways to enjoy theatre and music. That’s great that you’ve found books that tie in with your word too. It is good to read different perspectives on the word.

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    1. 😂 It’s definitely easy to start the year with the intention to focus on a word and lose sight of it along the way. Some years I’ve stuck with it more than others.

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  2. I also found and read a book for my word of the year this month! I agree that making plans still feels fragile, but it is better to live in the hope that we will have plans than making no plan at all and not being able to do anything. I hope all your plans come to fruition.

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  3. I had not heard of Come From Away, but it sounds interesting. We just got Apple + to watch another show, so we’ll look it up.

    I think I have seen that book. I’m familiar with all the names you mentioned except Wen Wei Chieh. Esther Ahn Kim Is one I wish more people knew about.

    So glad you’re having more opportunities for ministry and fun! One thing this pandemic has taught us is to hold plans loosely, but I hope yours get to happen.

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  4. Love these Somethings, Lesley! I’m so glad you were able to be together with young people again! I’m sure they were so grateful too! Like you, I’m hopeful for more “normal” but almost afraid to hope, but hope we must and should! Hope your family is well!

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