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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

How good it is that the dark days of winter are now behind us, both in a literal and metaphorical sense. The first day of March is in meteorological terms the first day of Spring and we can see signs of new life and hope around us, despite the on-going challenges of the pandemic.
At the time of writing non-essential retail is still closed and will not be open until at least the 12th April, so my task of finding a suitable card for Sunday 14th March is even more difficult than usual.  My hope is always to find a card with the words ‘Happy Mothering Sunday’ on it, rather than the now usual ‘Happy Mother’s Day’.
In the Church calendar ‘Mothering Sunday’ is the 4th Sunday of Lent; the half-way point in this important season.  It has been a significant day in the life of the Church in England for many years and has only been eclipsed by the American commercialized Mother’s Day in very recent times.
For those who aren’t and/or can’t be mothers, this day can be a very difficult and painful day.  It can be a very poignant and sometime sad time for those who have lost their mothers or ‘mother figures’ in recent months or years.
On the other hand ‘Mothering Sunday’, while applauding what most mothers are and do, is also a much wider and deeper celebration. It celebrates all those people and groups who give time, care and attention to others in the necessary task of ‘mothering’.  Whether we are prepared to acknowledge it or not we all need ‘mothering’. We all need to be embraced, nurtured and encouraged; to feel that we are valued and loved as we are.
It is not so usual to think and speak of God as ‘Mother’ but I believe it is most appropriate, for Christians see in Jesus the ‘Mothering God’ revealed to us.
Personally speaking, I would need to purchase a good number of cards to recognise all those who engage in ‘mothering’ me, but without whom my life would be so much the poorer.
Let us never take for granted those who we are given who make our lives really worth living.  Let us now look forward to those days ahead when we can freely hug and kiss again and recognise with humility that we really do need each other.  Perhaps we might then see that the pandemic has taught us some very valuable lessons about who and what is really essential.


With my prayers and best wishes,
Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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