Look in any cupboard where mugs are kept and you have a story.....not quite of a life, few mugs last that long....but certainly of the comings and goings of the person whose cupboard it is.
For years I collected a mug from every place I visited. I have several from Cornwall from before I lived here!
Mugs are personal and they often betray quite a lot about the owner!
All priests have a lot of them, you never know when a lot of people might arrive so its as well to be ready!
I am approaching another birthday and this morning I was reminded of a present given to me just before I was ordained!
My friend in the next village is a very talented artist... She paints, she moulds and she decorates pottery.
She called in to see me on my birthday morning just before I was going to be ordained with a small parcel.
"Don't open it yet" she said with a wink and left .
When I did open it I roared with laughter.
On the front it said. JESUS IS COMING. Below in much smaller print it said....".look busy!"