Elizabeth and I have just returned from a few days down in Chichester with our two daughters and their families. We rejoiced again and praised the Lord for the immense privilege and joy of being part of a loving family with wonderful children and grandchildren to love and to be loved by. It is such a pleasure to be with them and to share together. Each of our three children is so different and yet they really enjoy being with each other and also with us – and we love the three of them so much, The cousins also just love to be together which is wonderful to observe. Margaret has a lovely home which leads out onto a beautiful lake which they own and run as a fishing syndicate.
It takes about thirty minutes to walk round the lake, so we can enjoy the beauty with swans, ducks, diving terns and cormorants plus the occasional heron. We enjoy the comfort of the home and the beauty of the lake and garden. And Ruth and Greg have worked hard to make their smaller garden both productive and pretty which is so good too.
Their pig-rearing continues to flourish! And they set a brilliant model of simple but comfortable living. Ruth and Margaret both live in Chichester, so it is easy for the two families to get together. What a delight to have 10 of us sharing a meal together in the sunshine overlooking the lake!
Andrew and his wife Margaret plus their three beautiful girls live in Greenwich, so it is easy for them to come up to us for the day or for us to drive down to them. Andrew is wonderful with the children and all our grandchildren have a special love for him, enjoying it so much when they get together.
We often feel that our society is losing the security, joy and comfort of loving families. As Elizabeth and I get older, we realise all the more how precious it is to share life together with someone who one has loved and been loved by for so many years through all the experiences of life. We long that the multitudes of our nation might also share this wonderful privilege.