Thought for the week: Reverend David Jones

Many a mum will be lavished with flowers, gifts and even breakfast in bed this Sunday as It will be Mum’s special day.

Meals out, cards and greetings from children far and near who will want to remind their mothers of how much they are loved will be the order of the day.

All these expressions and love and gratitude make this day special which is also for many a day of quiet remembrance of mothers who are no longer with us.

The tradition of Mothering Sunday goes back many centuries when in Lent those in service in the country estates and large city households were allowed to return to their mother church to give thanks to God for their upbringing and nurturing in the Christian faith.

By today this special Sunday celebrates and gives thanks for all our mums mean to us.

A special day not only to give thanks for all that our mums mean to us but also to thank God whose love and compassion is even greater than that of our mothers.

Our morning worship at Greenfield this Sunday will be a service when from the youngest child to the most elderly of our congregation we will give thanks this maternal love – why not join us you would be more than welcome.

Jesus, of course, knew the security of a loving home. From his birth he was cared for within a family where there would have been all the trials and blessings of domestic life.

Mothering Sunday also remind us that the church is a family of which we are all, regardless of age or background are part.

Jesus’ ministry was one of love and compassion, reaching out to the stranger and the outcast, calling his disciples by name and being moved to heal and restore.

The Apostle Paul says that the most eloquent preaching is meaningless if we do not love and serve one another as Jesus did.

A neighbour who needs to know we are there, a phone call to someone recently bereaved and similar acts of kindness can make a difference.

In church the person next to you, a stranger who comes through the chapel or church door who may be going through a difficult time.

A question ‘How are you today?’ can often make that difference. May we always, as Paul says, seek the most ‘excellent’ way – the way of love – the best ways of all the ways our mothers taught us.

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