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For the first 9 months of my life I attended Dovecot Church but was unaware of anything because I was in my mother’s womb! I believe firmly that life begins at conception. If it didn’t then when would it begin? King David in the Bible talks about God knowing about him from his being curiously made in secret in his mother’s womb and that is the case with all of us. I believe that God has created this beautiful world and we see His marvellous design in everything and God has a perfect plan for each of our lives if we allow Him to take control.
The day came for me to be born and my parents continued to take me week by week to Dovecot Church. As I grew up I attended the weekly Sunday School and Happy Hour, as the children’s weekly club was called back then in the 1960’s. I can still remember a few hundred children crammed in for some of the special children’s events that were held. Through all of this time I believed in God and had a sort of love for Him but this was not enough to get me to heaven.
At the age of 6 I was suddenly confronted with the stark reality that life on earth comes to an end and that it can happen at any age. My 2 year old sister was involved in an accident and after a week’s struggle in Alder Hey Hospital she passed from this life to the next. During her brief time in hospital she sang “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so, Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.” They were dark and difficult days for us, but as a family we never once doubted that God was in control and that He did love us but sometimes allows troubles in our lives. “Troubles can either make us bitter or better” I remember my father saying. I can still recall the first thing I said to my parents after she died. “Will Margaret be able to hear me if I talk to her?” I asked. They lovingly said that the Bible teaches it is wrong to communicate with the dead and assured me that the Lord Jesus had taken Margaret to be with Himself and she was happy and safe with Him and that one day if I trusted Him as my Saviour I too could go there and then I would see her again.
I can still remember the terrible loneliness that I felt left as an only child. However I had a very close friend who I could always talk to and say just how I felt. His name was Jesus and He gave me much comfort and strength in my sadness and loneliness. However, I was in no way a perfect child and still did things wrong but I always felt guilty and was conscious that God knew all about me and would punish me for my disobedience. I don’t remember the date and time but I knew I had to admit my sin to God and ask Jesus to be my Saviour. We were taught a little song in Sunday School “At the heart’s door the Saviour’s knocking, At the heart’s door fast closed by sin. Can’t you hear Him gently knocking? Draw the bolt and let Him in.” I knew my heart was fast closed by sin and that only the Lord Jesus could change it but there was another song which was like a prayer. The words were, “Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart Lord Jesus. Come in today, come in to stay, come into my heart Lord Jesus.” I meant these words when I sang them and knew that the Lord Jesus had died to forgive my sins and if I said sorry and turned from them He would be with me all through my life and take me one day to be with Him.
The years have rolled on. I know I have let God down many times in my life but I know that He is still with me and helps me in every situation. I was married in 1984 and have 3 adult sons. Bringing up children is not easy, especially in today’s society, but again I know God has given me help and strength. Times have not always been easy. Like many families we have suffered various difficulties including bereavement, redundancy and unemployment but it’s wonderful to know that through every situation God is with us and is only a prayer away.
I can’t encourage you enough to consider your situation before God. The Bible makes it clear that we will all have to stand before God one day and be judged. We have all sinned and will be found guilty. When the Lord Jesus died on the cross at Calvary He took the punishment for my sins. Through Him God has made a way for our sin to be forgiven so we can stand before Him completely innocent. No sin is too great for God to forgive. Turn to Him now and know the peace and joy He can give despite life’s difficulties and the wonderful knowledge of His presence with you each day through the ups and the downs.