Dear Church Family
The terror attack in Westminster this week reminds us that we live in a world of uncertainty. The threat of terror continues to be real and present. We mourn with and pray for those who have lost loves ones. We give thanks that the scale of destruction and loss was not worse. And we rightly honour those who were killed.
Honouring others is very important. It's about showing respect, being thankful, speaking positively and much more. We need more of it in 21st Century Britain as we honour not just those who lost their lives, but others too. Indeed the bible challenges disciples of Jesus to model honour by honouring 'one another above yourselves' (Romans 12:10). For more on this, do read my blog: Pursuing a Culture of Honour.
One group of people the bible tells us to honour are parents: 'Honour your father and mother' (Deut 5:16; Eph 6:2). It's not easy being a parent - as I and many of us know! Showing love, respect and thanks to parents is the least we can do, given all the time, care and devotion parents give to the younger generation. That's why we're pleased at The Belfrey to encourage the honouring of mothers, motherhood and women this Mother's Day weekend. Our theme across all services on Sunday will be 'The strength of Mothers' and as we've done in the past we'll have beautiful spring flowers to give to all the ladies in church, as a sign of honour.
Stevie Wonder is a musician whose music I appreciate and respect. Not only is he very talented, but he's stood the test of time and produced quality contemporary music for over 50 years! Interestingly Stevie honours his mother as one of the key reasons for his success, saying this:
'Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love'.
What fantastic words! Let's see if this weekend we can all share similar words of honour to our mums, grans, aunts, female friends and all those who work hard at mothering. This weekend we particularly honour them. And rightly so.