Our alibaba washing basket has finally given up after 32 years service. It was one of our few remaining wedding presents (I only got rid of my wedding tie last year)!
It's a magical thing because I place all sorts of rather soiled and creased shirts, pants and 'others' into it and a few days later they reappear looking like new. How grateful I am to my wife Liz.
Leading up to Easter and for the rest of the period traditonally known as Lent I am reading each day one of Charles Spurgeon's sermons on the Cross of Christ. The events of that first Easter continue to have an extraordinary impact on our world and many millions of it's inhabitants.
I'm one of the grateful beneficiaries. I don't understand how it happens, but I come to the cross weary, soiled, 'screwed up' and needy and I come away renewed, cleansed and ready to go. I guess magical is not the right word. It's certainly a mystery and a fact to be pondered long and hard.
In the current climate of debate about whether or not there really is a God, or whether evolution does away with belief in a creator God it's important to focus on the centre of Christian faith-the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.