The Rev. Louise McClements, Blackbraes, Shieldhill and Muiravonside Parish Churches

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‘The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into our neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son. Generous inside out, true from start to finish.’ (John 1:14 ‘The Message’)

Last week my youngest child left school and it was a poignant moment for my husband and I.

No more school runs, parents evenings, homework, packed lunches. It truly was the end of an era and I found myself wondering where on earth the years had gone? Subsequently I found myself looking at old photographs and spending time reminiscing.

It made me reflect upon how life is a journey. Each day is precious, a gift, never to be repeated again. Life is to be enjoyed, relished, and treasured. A delicious meal, a relaxing walk, a coffee with friends, a hug from a child, a good book, a favourite film, often it is the simple things in life which give us the greatest of joy.

Jesus relished life. He enjoyed good meals and conversation, he marvelled at the beauty of nature, he valued time for rest and relaxation. He loved so deeply that he wept at a friend’s grave.

Jesus taught us that life is to be enjoyed and each moment is precious. Yes, life is a journey and nothing ever stays the same, but as one chapter closes, another begins, and faith reassures us that we do not journey alone, for God is with us always.