On Monday I had 40 minutes to wait at Euston Station, whilst waiting for a friend who was going with me to [yet another] World Day of Prayer Committee. I am not one to sit about idly – but I have no guitar, and cannot play, so was unable to busk and supplement the family budget.Here is how I spent my time …
I went into WHSmith and flicked through the craft magazines. Nothing new there, and all quite expensive. None of them had a ‘free’ gift attached which would have made a purchase more worthwhile.
So then I went and checked the progress of friend’s train [good move – it was arriving at a different platform than first stated]
Then I saw a sign pointing to “Chaplain’s Office”. I had received a letter from the London City Mission on Saturday, asking us to pray for the railway chaplains, and I have never met one. So I knocked on his door! Stephen Rowe was a very gracious man and told me all about his work.
The chaplains are there for the staff, their families and the travelling public, offering help and a listening ear. They do a great job – and it was lovely to be able to meet Stephen in person.
The BodyShop store on the concourse had “Almond Body Butter” reduced to £5 a tub. Good name, I thought, being the possessor of a small Almond Body. I tried some of the tester on my hands. They smelt like weird marzipan for ages. Not buying any of that then!
I still had a few minutes left, so sat and read half a dozen pages of my Montalbano novel. I dreamed of being in the Sicilian sunshine, enjoying a bowl of pasta [lightly dressed with olive oil, garlic and anchovies] and a really good cup of coffee…
Then the train arrived and we went to the committee meeting together.
I’d made a new friend, and met up with an old one – and felt the time had been well spent. What do you do on railway stations if you are forced to wait around for a while?