What a brilliant day we had in Abergavenny on the day before Pentecost when Emyr, Diane and friends from West Wales and further afield came to Abergavenny, the so called ‘Gateway to Wales’, with the Cross.
We had planned to take the Cross to the edge of the Blorenge (the purple headed mountain in All Things Bright and Beautiful!) and worship there, then have a family picnic in the castle grounds. This would be followed by a procession through town to end with a thanksgiving service and refreshments at the Baptist church.
At 9am there was only a handful of folks parked on the Blorenge in low cloud and drizzle but as we got underway we had 21 walkers, including a blind lady with her guide dog and several folk from West Wales who had made the journey to join us. Many of these people helped to carry the Cross and found the experience deeply moving. The Cross was clearly visible from the town and we worshipped and declared Scripture, proclaiming the presence of the great I Am and Jesus as King of kings. We blessed the town to have its gates wide open that the King of Glory may come in and that the town would reflect the Kingdom of love, peace and joy.
The shofar a were sounded over the town and over the Usk Valley – thank you to shofar blowers Keith Williams and Andy Morris for coming so far to join us. What we did on the mountain was spiritually very significant.
As we came down from the mountain the sun came out and the weather was glorious, thank you Lord! The castle grounds were the perfect spot for the youngsters to play and picnic and, again, a significant place for us to witness – a dark place where there has been much prayer in the past for the spilling of blood and the breaking of covenants.
After lunch Emyr, with the Cross, was accompanied by a good number of people, quite a few waving banners, from the different churches in town and from further afield. There was a brief stop in Red Square in the centre of town when Bryn Yemm took over the busker’s microphone to announce the lordship of Jesus and then the procession continued through the crowds to Abergavenny Baptist Church where we praised the Lord outside before going into the church ahead of schedule.
With time to fill we heard three awesome testimonies of what God was doing in peoples’ lives before ending the afternoon with worship together and testimony from Emyr. There was a great buzz of unity in Christ over the refreshments and there have been very many positive comments both from the church folk and the unchurched. We were truly blessed in so many ways and we look forward to supporting the progress of the Cross as Emyr walks from St David’s to Snowdon in September.
Thanks to all who supported the day and above all to our mighty God who went ahead of us to prepare the way. The word that we had for this day was: I am about to do a mighty thing in the land (a thing to make the ears tingle AMP) 1 Samuel 3:11, so we are waiting with great expectancy to see how His purposes are fulfilled.