Reverend Katrina writes...
June is a good month to be thinking about our dads - past and present - as it is when we celebrate Fathers' Day. Whilst it is not an official date in the church calendar, it is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our heavenly Father and think about how are earthly fathers are trying to live up to his high standards. When you think of "Our Father in heaven", what images and words come to mind? The word which comes to my mind is LOVE. Generous - forgiving - abundant - steadfast love. Nothing that we do can ever separate us from his love. And my favourite image of him comes from the Old Testament; in Proverbs 8, God and his Son are working side-by-side, like a father and his beloved child, carefully and creatively making our amazingly beautiful world. I can imagine them giggling with glee as they made the Duck-billed Platypus. It's a delightful thought!
I was there when God set the sky in place,
when he placed the clouds in the sky.
I was beside him like a little child,
I was his daily source of joy,
always happy in his presence.
(from Proverbs 8)
Like the child in the poem, I was always happy in my dad's presence and knew that I was very precious to him - his delight. And he was a loving and wonderful dad, a truly gentle man. This is despite having had a tough childhood and having experienced the full horrors of what humans can do to each other in the Second World War. He didn't want us to suffer as he had in his young years. He has shown me how dads should be at their very best and given me the inner peace to cope with those who are less than kind. I wonder how your dad - or grandad - or other father-like figure is blessing / has blessed your life? What would you like to say to God or to them this Fathers' Day?
If your relationship with your father has been challenging or problematic, I will be holding you in my private prayers on Sunday 16 June 2019. I am here for you if you need someone to talk to.
Every blessing, Katrina
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A warm welcome to the benefice of Mears Ashby, Hardwick, Sywell and Overstone. Across our four historic churches, we offer a variety of services for people of all ages and stages in the Christian faith. We have traditional Holy Communion and Evensong services, as well as more contemporary and informal All-age worship. We also have regular coffee mornings (socials) and evening fellowship gatherings (faith discussions).
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