Hello! My Name is Sarah Rowe. I am a mother of two grown up sons and the Early Years teacher @ Oakfield C of E Primary in Ryde – a school I have been involved with since 1995.
I was born in Kent, moved to the Sandown to begin my teaching career in 1990 – moving to Ryde in 1992.
My husband and I are members of St John`s Church in Ryde, and I have been asked to lead our thoughts today about parents and families in Ryde.
I am sure that many of you would agree with me when I say that being a parent is the most difficult yet infinitely rewarding job that there is in life. However old your children are you never stop worrying about them – as my 84 year old Dad still tells me!!
That moment when you go from being two…then three….then four….and perhaps even more is both magical and incredibly daunting – knowing that a new life relies solely on you for everything!!
The unconditional love of parents for their children is just how God feels about us.
As a teacher, I continue to feel privileged to spend time everyday with a parent`s most precious gift – their child!
We have been fortunate to enjoy some unexpected quality family time with our two sons during lockdown as they returned home when the crisis took hold. For us this time has been one of joy.
However, it is easy for us to forget that family life is not a positive situation for everyone.
Those who suffer domestic abuse and may be trying to escape, families where drugs cast a shadow over everything, families where death and loss are current and still raw.
In the current covid crisis there has been much talk about the value of family life…though this has not been a source of joy for all.
With everything life throws at you – work stress, figuring out zoom, coaxing the children to do their school work, dealing with family illnesses, getting dinner on the table, washing clothes – it can be hard to stay grateful for what matters most : your family.
When relationships are strained ( when things are going great) – the Bible can help you remember the importance of maintaining those strong family bonds and unity.
There is no escaping the fact that family life can be frantic!
But we are all part of God`s family – love is the binding thread for us all.
A Bible reading from 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 which I think expresses love really well.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Meanwhile, these three remain – faith. Hope and love – but the greatest of these is love.
And so as the start of a new school year approaches, we pray for our children and families.
Many people feel anxious about new situations in school and meeting new teachers – grant them your peace Lord.
Many are struggling financially – meet their need Lord.
Many are struggling with being around others again – surround them with your love Lord.
You know all these situations Lord and hold them in the palm of your hand.
Lord Jesus please be with all those who need you…..today…tomorrow…and always – for your Love is over all and lasts eternally.
Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting: