What happened to jam sandwiches? Or put another way, when did we stop enjoying the simple things of life?
Coming indoors at tea-time, a jam sandwich would give us the energy to play out for another couple of hours. We didn’t moan about the bread being white, or the cholesterol in the butter, it was just food that we enjoyed! Wholemeal bread? Never heard of it as children. All that mattered to us was being fed when we were hungry.
Most of our games involved lots of running, shouting and laughter, in other words ….. Fun!
Now I am not suggesting that we all go back to playing “He” or that sort of thing, because a quick shuffle as exercise is sometimes as much as we can manage these days! No, what we could, and more importantly, should attempt, is to think like children again. Back then, we knew a rope was for skipping, but all it means nowadays is wash day again. And for many, a ball isn’t for throwing or kicking, no, it simply tells you your lottery or bingo number!
We have all watched Last of the Summer Wine on television, well I still do. I love the idea of talking nonsense and reverting to childhood occasionally, or in my case, often. Telling a silly joke or just having a giggle with a friend. Being child-like is good for us, it’s relaxing and makes us appreciate the little things of life. To let go of our “grown-upness”, is so important to our health and well-being.
I bet some of you can remember seeing those awful pink corsets which our Mums or Grannies used to wear, well, image the relief they must have felt when they took them off at night! It allowed them to be free and breathe again, now that is what everyone needs to do occasionally, throw off the restraints of a few problems we give ourselves by taking on too much. Rushing around, always having to do something or be somewhere. If your diary is too full, begin to do just one thing at a time. Take a tip from God, He did things a day at a time. On the first day He separated the light from the dark, then on the second day ……
Let’s use a little time each day to relax, take a deep breath and remember what it means to ENJOY the life God has given us. Even go into the kitchen and make a jam sandwich!
If you haven’t anyone to chat with at home, why not join us on Sunday morning at church and stay for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.
Blessings, Rev Mo.
English speaking services are held at 11am each Sunday, whilst those in German are at 4pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
Services for May
1st Songs of Praise
8th Holy Communion
15th Morning Prayer
22nd Holy Communion
29th Fifth Sunday Service
Please join us if you can.