This weekend we will be delivering a Mothering Sunday special pastoral pack to the ladies who usually come to our Over 65’s Lunch and Link Club. We have missed getting together to meet and we look forward to meeting you again soon!
It’s hard to believe that we are coming up to a year since we first went into national lockdown, the day after Mothering Sunday last year. Which of us back then would ever have imagined that, one year on, we would still be living with the current restrictions? Thankfully with the roll out of the vaccine programme and the roadmap out of lockdown that has now been outlined, we have hope for the future that one day – hopefully, in the not too distant future – life will begin to return to something more ‘normal’ for us all.
In the meantime, whilst we are still unable to meet together for our normal clubs and activities such as the Link Club and the Over-65s March lunch, we wanted to bless you with these daffodils from church on this Mothering Sunday weekend to let you know that you are not forgotten and that we dearly hope to see you again in the coming months.
Very often we think of God as ‘our Father in heaven’ – and it’s right that we do; after all Jesus taught us to pray to God in that way. But we can also find imagery of God being like a mother in the Bible. There’s a lovely little promise in Isaiah 66:13 where God says: ‘As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.’ And we find another beautiful image of comfort and protection in Psalm 91:4:
‘He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge’
It will be many, many years since most of us were children in a literal sense, but we are all invited to come to God ‘like little children’, assured of our welcome and acceptance, as dearly loved children of our Father in heaven; the one who is also like a mother to us. So, on this Mothering Sunday weekend our prayer is that you will know God’s comfort and love in the present and have His hope and joy for the future as we look to Him to continue to carry us through these challenging times.
Finally, please be assured of our love and prayers for you as we continue to live through these difficult days. We hope to be able to connect with you once again, one way or another in the coming months. So, take good care of yourselves, stay safe and do let us know if we can help or support you in any further way.
And may God bless you and keep you in His love and care.
Revd Canon Julie Bradley, Associate Minister