A birthday walk

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Somerset is a lovely place to have a birthday. If my family had been here, it would have been perfect. We went to church with my aunt to her village church in Churchill and then had a walk through the Mendip hills that lie behind her house. We drove through this amazing gorge and past this giant rock outcrop where Augustus Toplady apparently sought refuge during a massive storm. It is alleged that this inspired him to write the words to the hymn “Rock of ages, cleft for me”. I love this hymn and was excited to be reminded of its words. Toplady had been the vicar of a local church in Blagdon which we walked past during the afternoon.

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Ursula was following a walk written in a book of local walks and the author debunked this myth quite firmly. Don’t you hate it when this happens? Apparently he didn’t write the words to this hymn until a few years later when working in London and he wanted a hymn to go with his sermon. I am sure that he remembered being caught in that storm and seeking shelter behind that rock!

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This walk took us through fields, along muddy tracks, through tiny villages, past churches, cute houses and through more fields. We walked amongst sheep and cows – it was delightfully rural. It was warm and sunny and I sang the words to Toplady’s hymn to myself as we walked.

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About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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