Time to celebrate Mothering Sunday

THIS weekend we celebrate Mothering Sunday.

An opportunity to give thanks for our mothers. Where would we be without them?

Mothers Day as we now call it, has its origins in the past when many girls were in service in many of the large houses and estates of our country,

Tradition tells us that near to Easter they were granted time off to visit home and take a gift for their mothers.

This normally took the form of a cake which we know as the symbolic Easter cake called Simnel cake.

It was a welcome gift during the observation of the strict rules at lent and was often kept until Easter Sunday.

Times have now changed, but even today we use this tradition to focus our attention on our mothers for at least one special day.

There are many illustrations in the Bible of mothers and the selfless love they showed for their children.

The outstanding one is of course Mary the mother of Jesus.

We see her devotion from the cradle to the grave and the resurrection to Jesus.

He himself saw and experienced that love and even as he was dying on the cross, looked down at her and made sure that after he had gone she would be cared for by his beloved disciple.

Most mothers see and share the joys and sorrows of their children and sadly some like Mary know the loss of a child.

There is every good reason for us to take this time to say thanks to God for our mothers now and those who will become mothers.

We remember with joy and thanks those who have now passed away and rejoice in them all.

Don’t forget that a little bit of pampering will mean so much to them and to you.

On another note the answer to my first question - We would not be here!

As it is also St Patricks Day to, we hope all our Irish friends enjoy their celebrations.

God bless you all.

John Farrington