How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3. 1)
Our earthly families come in all different shapes and sizes. How many brothers and sisters do you have? Do you live nearby your extended family? What kind of parents do you have - if they are still alive? Are you happy at home? What is your most joyful childhood memory? Our answers will all be different because we are all different and our families are different.
On Mothering Sunday one particular relationship is brought into focus, and that is easier for some of us than others. There are all sorts of reasons why the cards and flowers and treats might be a sign of what is missing rather than what is to be celebrated.
Who has nurtured, protected and cared for you over the years? Give thanks for them and for their example.
Pray this week that God would enrich your family relationships and strengthen families in our community.