23 and 8…

Yesterday was a milestone; the end of an era. 23 years or so ago I started taking my eldest daughter to nursery. Yesterday I collected my youngest daughter from her Uni digs for the last time; 8 years ago I took her eldest sister for the first time. My little hatchback became a Tardis again and somehow we managed to get her earthly belongings into a constrained space and travel 150 miles+ back with them to Essex. Here are some pictures of Southwell, the lovely historic town in Nottinghamshire, where my daughter’s campus was based.

So, why mention this other than the experience of parental emotions? And the livelier house and the fuller loft?! It’s because milestones and seasons in our life are both significant and ephemeral. What is a regular and important part of life, that is so normal, is suddenly gone. A new phase of life starts. It is important to celebrate, and appreciate, each stage.

How much do we value the freedom we have in this country, especially as Christians? This is something to be treasured and appreciated, despite the limitations of Covid to singing and gathering. In so many parts of the world the freedoms that were taken for granted have been eroded. In China 🇨🇳 the relative freedoms of the last 20 years are rapidly disappearing. In India the increasing Hinduisation of the country is putting Christians, and other minorities, under great pressure. Will you raise your voice on their behalf. A gift to 60@60 helps Open Doors support women like Vinita.

Thank you so much for your help and interest.

Published by adrian60

Turning 60 is a door to a new decade. I want to use these years positively, starting with the next one. So I want it to be a year of trying different things as well as familiar one and to do a couple of challenges. 60 things at 60 with the aim of raising £6 000 for the charity Open Doors, serving persecuted Christians around the world, many who live with very little. Would you be part of the adventure with me?

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