Did you know that the Queen collected pepper grinders? Recently a renowned poet presented
her with a grinder from a local Italian restaurant in the shape of a waiter (Italian
of course). Every time you twisted the grinders head it declared in a fake accent,
‘You’re breaking my neck!’ Prince Harry, in his Highgrove bedroom, has a collection
of Zulu relics and Everton scarves. It’s surprising what people collect and where
it can lead too!
One of the tutors on the Northern Ordination Course enjoyed rummaging through second
hand book sales, shops and stalls. One afternoon he picked up a tatty looking book
on Thomas Merton for 10p.That purchase sparked off a hunt for further books written
about him or by him. Through the tutors interest he and his family spent a holiday
visiting places connected with Thomas Merton. That original 10p purchase led him
along an interesting trail of reading and visits that increased his knowledge and
faith in God.
I wonder if anyone hereabouts has been in a similar situation where an inexpensive
purchase has led them along an interesting trail of discovery. Maybe if hunting
through used books isn’t our thing we could, like Jesus, read something from the
scriptures - the Hebrew Bible (OT). Don’t forget that there was no New Testament
about in Jesus’ times. One of the 5 books of the Law or Job could be a starting
point. And who knows where that reading may lead too.