Today's morning prayer reading was perhaps just a little too close for comfort by bringing Nehemiah 13.15-17 into our gaze this morning. Too close because the words it contains are indeed timely in the light of what will be happening in the Palace of Westminster today with the budget and the expected announcement of a review of Sunday trading legislation.
Now for those of us who aren't too aware of the passage, here it is in modern language and contextualised for the UK:
'In those days I saw men of England, hard at work on a Sunday. They were opening their shops and selling their goods - they were hard at it, living and working as if it were just any other day. So I (Nehemiah that is) rebuked them and said, 'Stop it!' But then I saw people from other places delivering goods and providing services and the motorways were full of commercial transport just like every other day.