|The unstoppable growth of a baby amazes us|
It seems to me that a life has a particular purpose for each person and the purpose is to get back home! A bit like a game of rounders or ludo or snakes and ladders, there is an end goal although we often don't see what it is but we are propelled forward by the tempo of the game. That once teeny tiny baby who started life in a space ship is propelled forwards by some unstoppable force to become the next stage. And we are all complicit in the growth game, we hold her up to let her get the feel of her legs, we sing and chat to her, making noises which she begins to replicate. We, the old grandparents are seen clapping our hands and blowing bubbles, Grandpa wiggles his eyebrows and can't resist just a little tickle. Communication is life and she responds by smiling and chatting in her own way back at us. We all feel good and if for any reason one of us doesn't feel so great, we all work hard to get back to good as quick as can be. She has a sprouting of hair now and several teeth, can sit up on her own, stand and turn and wave spoons about. Her first birthday is just over a month away and we are astounded at how the time has flown.
So, what do we want for her? A good life, that is for sure but we also want to equip her with all that she needs to find her way over and round the pitfalls which are bound to come. She, at the moment is like a little brook rising at the top of a mountain which will find a course down to the sea. We are probably in sight of the sea and with our friends of the same age are beginning to wave goodbye to pride in our figures, pride in our small talents, pride in our achievements. We are beginning to get the scent of the sea and funnily enough there is an excitement rather like the excitement you get as you round the last corner on the way to your seaside holiday, a sense that what lies ahead is going to be wonderful. But just as going on holiday needs you to be equipped with your bathing things, your bucket and spade and maybe nowadays your wetsuit, you need to be equipped with knowledge from those who have taken our sort of journey before, to help you step fearlessly into that forgotten home. So, we look to the wise who can explain what is needed and have already dipped their toe into that universal ocean. It is the greatest of all luck to find someone who can shine a light on our questioning and answer our concerns.
If you have questions too about leaving the limits of your life for something bigger, then come and hear from some marvellous people this Saturday, come to Global Cooperation House (which will surprise you by its hugeness and hospitality) or click on the link for the webcast. It will be worth your while. I hope that what I hear will be something I can pass on to our now not so small granddaughter. Hope to see you there or hope that you will see us via the internet