Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

June 26 of this year marked the 150th an­niver­sary of the birth of a lit­tle girl who was bap­tised He­len Beatrix Pot­ter and who be­came world-fa­mous as the cre­ator of such won­der­ful, time­less char­ac­ters as Peter Rab­bit, Jemima Pud­dle­duck, Squir­rel Nutkin and The Tai­lor of Glouces­ter.

Her child­hood and youth were of the Victorian up­per­mid­dle class: stuffy, non­child-cen­tred and lonely.

She never went to school, had pri­vate gov­ernesses and draw­ing teach­ers and so had lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence of the big, out­side world un­til well into ma­ture adult­hood.

Yet her books still reach class­lessly into the very heart and soul of child­hood imag­i­na­tion across the world.

How on earth could that be pos­si­ble?

Sim­ply be­cause, like her, the world’s most ul­ti­mately ful­filled and well-ad­justed adults are unashamedly chil­dren-who-have-grownup and have openly al­lowed their child­hood to keep de­vel­op­ing and en­rich­ing them through­out their sub­se­quent lives.

Je­sus, on an in­fin­itely greater scale, tells us ( in Matthew 18v3) that un­less we adults change and be­come like lit­tle chil­dren, born anew by faith in Je­sus the Son of God and so chil­dren of God, we can never en­ter the King­dom of Heaven.

It’s that fun­da­men­tal; that ur­gent; that hum­bling.

Are you too grown-up for that? Rev Alan Rae­burn Locum min­is­ter Ruther­glen Old Parish Church

Art at­tack There was plenty of arts and crafts on of­fer

Quick on the draw Join­ing in art ses­sions

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