Life can be pinpointed as a series of firsts. My very first memory was of being left at school, aged 4 1/2 and having never left my mother's side, to cry all day and be made to sleep in a little brown camp bed for a post lunch nap. I remember vividly too the first time I was 'lost'. Of course, I knew where I was, but when I didn't return home after a morning's swimming session at the local indoor baths, aged 10, my parents declared me 'lost'. So, when I returned home sometime later, blissfully unaware, from the newly opened outdoor swimming pool swinging my swimming bag as I turned the corner into the street where I lived, I was astounded to see all my neighbours out on the street around my house. I quickly realised I was in big trouble, soundly endorsed by the rather large police sergeant at the station where I had to go to apologize for all the trouble and heartache I'd caused. We all have firsts we remember fondly or cringe with horror at what we did or didn't do. There are naturally firsts we all share, first school, first job, and some we are fortunate to have like first baby, first grandchild, first holiday abroad, but my latest first is a strange one for me because it is my first 'blog'. If like me, you need to ask what a blog is, welcome to the club! BLOG - is it an acronym as in Barbara's Little Online Guff (guff = foolish talk or ideas) but no, it is just a short diary - style discussion where anyone can talk about stuff (or guff?) that interests them.
So where am I going with this you may well ask? Over the course of a year the Women Together Team hope that many ladies from St. Margaret's will contribute their thoughts and ideas that they have learned and benefitted from on their own Christian journey of faith. The sort of things that will encourage, support, and possibly entertain you. So, if you've never read a blog before let mine be your first, but please, not your last.
Jesus had some very interesting things to say about 'firsts'. In Mark's gospel we read "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, the servant of all" and in Matthew's gospel we read "Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be his servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”. In our world culture, Christians swim against the tide of popular thinking, where coming first is encouraged and applauded and coming last is seen as failure. Shall we seek to follow Jesus’ example as his people wherever he has placed us? I pray that would be something we can do together, and we hope to serve, help, and encourage you in this new (first) venture of blogs.
By Barbara Roberts
Barbara is a member of St Margaret’s Church and she leads the Women Together ministry. She is married to John. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
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