Tuesday 20th September: Family Joy & Sorrow

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Reflection

The closing scene of a devastated man resting his weary head on his wife’s pregnant form, finding renewal through the heartbeats of his unborn child, has moved millions around the world.

(Please be aware this clip touches on bereavement –  clip ends at 2.17)

Simon Cowell, infamous for his blunt and often insulting criticisms of performers, wiped away tears at the story’s end. The story’s message is simple yet profound: Where there’s life, there’s hope. The young life inside the mother’s womb is able to draw the broken man out of the ashes, giving him reason to live, reason to hope, reason to believe. The quality of relationship he experienced with his mother he must now pass on to his child.

This was the second occassion the Hungarian shadow-act troupe ‘Attraction’ projected a life-affirming message. In April the troupe danced the story of a man and woman falling in love, marrying, and creating a baby by their love. That story also depicted family as a beautiful community that welcomes and treasures new life.

Prayer

The words of the accompanying song by Leona Lewis are inspired by a famous prayer called ‘Footprints’ :

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.