I have a great day job. Okay it's also my night job, but it's still a great job. Last night and today I am with my colleague, Mark Chamberlain, on the West Coast of the South Island. Yesterday the Coast was typically grey, damp, cloudy and misty. It was raining during our fantastic training session on Lay Preaching - fantastic because we had some wonderful lay preachers present and engaged in the session - and Mark had secured some excellent clips from YouTube which added new dimensions to our material.
Then through the night the wind blew the clouds away and today is also typical of the Coast - brilliantly sunny. As we drove to the south of Greymouth to visit our clergy we could see the snow-capped Alps in the distance, including the giant of our mountains, Aoraki. To the side, waves broke on the shore, themselves capped in brilliant white foam. Heaven on earth!