I click this button on my computer dozens of times every day. Just to confirm that no earth-shatteringly important emails have come in during the last five minutes.

Huw Williams | 18:01, Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Send/Receive. As any emails (usually of less significance) which I might have tapped out in the same time go whizzing out across the globe, sometimes a few emails from who-knows-where come whizzing in. As old-fashioned as email seems to be these days, it's still an essential piece of communication, both the sending and the receiving.

I've also been heading over to the sports websites to catch up on the US Open Tennis scores. There's something about tennis that fascinates me, the interaction between those same two activities; send and receive. A player sending booming serves at his or her opponent is only half a player at best, until they learn to receive those big serves from their opponent just as well.

Send/Receive. It could be the motto for our last ten days or so. On the first Sunday in September we were sent from Highfields with a real sense of prayer and support and the Lord's people standing with us. A few days later we were received with similar warmth by the congregation of the International Church of Torino. We have been richly blessed by the Lord through the kindness of his people, both in their sending and their receiving us. Thank you for your love and your support. Thank you for standing with us. Thank you for sending us well.

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