I’m in London
The home for 8.6 million people and 8 Royal Parks. But it is ‘Postman’s Park’ that I want to mention.
A trip to London isn’t complete without sitting and contemplating at the Watts gallery of this park.
In 1887 G.F. Watts, a philanthropist, created a memorial on the site of the former churchyard of St Botolph, Aldersgate. At the southern end lay the General Post Office and many postmen spent their breaks in the park, hence the name. The memorial contains heroic stories of ordinary people saving the lives of ordinary people. The names are those of children in the main and usually involve fire, drowning or train crashes.
One of the inscriptions is that of Alice Ayres. Her inscription says, “daughter of a bricklayer’s labourer, who by intrepid conduct saved 3 children from a burning house in Union Street, at the cost of her own young life, April 24 1885.”
What about you?
Do people know who you are?
Is that important?
What were the names of the other sons that Adam and Eve apart from the 3 named?
What were the names of Gideon’s army of 300?
Who were the 7,000 people that Elijah hadn’t realised also were not bowing to Baal?
In the first half of Hebrews 11 all the heroes have names. In the second half they don’t.
Ordinary people going through extraordinary events.
Lizzie Valesquez a few years ago had 4 million hits on YouTube for being ‘the ugliest person in the world’. She used that to her advantage and became an extremely sought after motivational speaker and have her first TED talk in 2013.
Layla Montgomery is one of the best young distance runners in the USA, even though she has MS and collapses after each race.
And the list goes on and we never know who these people are but they do amazing things for others.
Read Matthew 6:2-4
Why not try and do something today that is in secret? That no one will know.
Today be an unsung hero.