Advent 2015 – there have been many deaths through terrorist attacks in Paris, but also in other places around the world. It is easy to despair of where it will all lead. These events are juxtaposed with the British government talking about entering the bombing campaign in Syria, with cinemas blocking a video about prayer and much more. In the midst there is light – found in the personal response of a bereaved husband:
Three stages of life - for reflection ....
This triptych has been hung in a quiet room at an Abbeyfield ‘extra care’ home in Solihull. It’s purpose is to encourage reflection, perhaps particularly on how each ‘stage’ is fruitful and life-giving and might apply to any time in our lives.
I hope that it may be helpful to others, leading to thankfulness for every aspect of our lives.
Edward was born on 5th November 2014 and has been melting hearts from the outset. It is impossible not to be moved by such an event, but of course it touches each person in a different way, depending on the relationship etc.
Interestingly, this momentous event in our family came as I was reflecting around the whole theme of birth as the Christian community looks forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.
Following a pattern of considering different perspectives, the notes offered below begin to explore the viewpoints of me, you and God.
In relation to the arrival of Edward I know how mind-boggled I feel at the whole experience of a new life coming into the world and how aware of the ‘gift’ that is offered. Apart from the pain, I know my daughter, Rachel, found Edward’s sudden appearance quite surreal, with this little mite instantly beginning to make sense of the world around him and commanding attention care and love. From God’s perspective I can only trust that he is offering life, hope and trust in his creation.