Traditions surrounding the history of Mothering Sunday are many and varied. Some say it was was the day each Spring when servants were allowed to return home to visit their families. Others say it was the Sunday in Lent when people returned to their ‘home’ church. In modern times, it gives families an opportunity to spend time together and churches often see new and returning visitors cross their thresholds.
So it was with heavy hearts that churches up and down the country took the decision this week, following Government guidelines, to close their doors.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The bond between a mother and her child can never be broken. Yes, relationships can falter but the biological bond between parents and children is eternal and indisputable. This can be seen in the bible story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
As Christian believers, we know that our Heavenly Father is always with us. We are His and He is ours. As with human parents, His love is sometimes tough, but it is ever present and unconditional. The scriptures remind of of this. So, as many families are physically separated today, be reminded that the family of God is always united in love for Him and each other.
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Please shine your light upon families and church fellowships and all who are separated from those they love today.
Bring us together in heart, mind and spirit.
Give us strength to overcome all of the current difficulties.
Give us wisdom and insight to follow guidance and advice.
Protect us against any and all problems.
Give us peace for the present and confidence for the future.