MARCH 2017

We had our annual Mothers Day service at Church this morning, well attended as usual. Leading the service was Marjorie Evans and the speaker was Margaret Burns. She spoke on becoming a mum, the joys, of such beautiful, tiny beings and proceeded through the not so beautiful times of terrible two’s, three’s and four’s but that it all came right in the end. It was a delivered with lots of humour and was most enjoyable to listen to. At the end of the meeting all the children came forward with baskets of roses which were then distributed to all the ladies, one beautiful rose each, carefully wrapped round the base of the stem to keep it fresh. A lovely gesture, very much appreciated by everyone.

It brought to mind one of my favourite psalms 139 vs 13-17 where it starts off by saying ” for you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. The psalm continues on that theme, bringing to mind the birth of a baby……a small miracle in itself. Perfectly formed with ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes, nails included; a body that is soft and tiny and sort of floppy but incredibly cuddly and is 100% completely reliant on it’s parents for all it’s needs. This child comes with an insatiable appetite that has to be fed on demand, a beautiful face and trusting eyes, and a mouth that can open so wide
when it yells that it looks like a huge pink cave that could swallow the nearest moving object, whole! The miraculous thing is that although it has years of learning ahead of it, it comes complete with such things as knowing how to lie,  how to laugh and cry, means of charming people to get what it wants,and how to love. They are beautiful, charming, exasperating, naughty, fascinating and thoroughly adorable, (most of the time). The other incredible thing is that God made us in His likeness so in each one of us there is a piece of God. Wow, that is awesome and when I think about it, it makes me want to be a better person, to try to show some of the qualities that God has installed in me. One of His commands is to love your neighbour, so I question, who is my neighbour? And the answer is, everyone you come into contact with, right through your life. That is an awesome task, but with God’s help we can try………yes, we will fail many times but with His help we could make this troublesome world a better place for these beautiful children that He keeps placing in our care.