Encouragement for the Journey 5 May 2013

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Encouragement for the Journey 5 May 2013

Encouragement for the Journey

 

Happy Mothers' Day

 

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

A little something for the adults

Today at our Kids N All service our theme is ‘Mothers’ I do appreciate that next Sunday is Mother’s Day. But today is our usual Kids N All Service so we thought we would celebrate it today.

While reflecting upon our theme of ‘Mothers’ I had a interesting insight. I realized the only physical objects I have from my mother are a couple of books, given on special occasions, some birthday cards and a portable communion set which she gave me when I was ordained in 1979. Of course, I also have me.

Sometimes our memories of our mother are evoked with actual physical objects; these remind us of her presence in our life. But mostly I think we rely upon our memories and imagination. Whereby, we may catch glimpses of our mother’s continued presence in our life.

For some, they never knew their birth mother, maybe they were adopted or their mother died when they were just a baby. We can only imagine what that is like for them. While others, for various reasons, don’t wish to even think about or remember their mother.

Each mother child relationship is different. Even in the same family, each sibling will experience their mother in very different ways. I recall a conversation I had with my brother a few years ago; we were comparing our childhood memories of our mother. It soon became very evident our experiences were very different. Someone listening to our conversation may have thought we came from different families. My family experience was extremely strict, rigid and judgemental, while his was far more relaxed and easy going. When I reflect on this it reminds me; that we are all walking a different journey, each in our own shoes.

Mother’s Day will bring different memories and stories into our awareness. Because we have been held within our mother’s womb until our birth, we may like to imagine this as a metaphor of being held within the cosmic womb of divine love. For non are excluded from such an embrace of love. For in the mystery of the One who is love, we live, move and have our being. Some may give the name God to such a mystery, however, the name is not important, what is, is that this love is the foundation and motivation for life and thus our spirituality. Now that is worth celebrating.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf