I have to say that out of all the things I have to do in my role, writing up the ‘minutes’ of meetings is not the most inspiring. Yet I do recognise the importance of good record keeping. Recently I have had reason to see this even more, as I have needed to return to the earliest recorded minutes of our church. I have been surprised by what I have found there. It is remarkable how much a person can forget! I have found myself grateful for the faithful recording of what took place.

Well, we’ve been here before, and no doubt we will be again. Passages such as Genesis 36 may not be the easiest to read. But they remind us that records, lists, accounts etc are important. God is a God of order, not of chaos, and historical records have their place in doing everything ‘decently and in order.’