I still haven’t got the hang of linking this to the TDP page, but shall write regardless. This morning as I was gardening I thought about this prompt, ‘Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?
Having been brought up in a time when religion was common place; though later rejected, it has left many things in my brain that I value. For instance the music. I love to be uplifted by religious music, or moved by a familiar hymn at a funeral. Those things are there, no matter how much I think I’ve moved on. Even in the garden thoughts flit through my conditioned mind. I was remembering when my eldest child was frightened at night. I was at my wits end. So, I taught her Psalm 23, that I had memorised as a child. ‘ I shall lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth.’, or words to this effect. It seemed to help her and I was relieved and grateful!
Now I am thinking of the grandchildren, who have no religious background. Even though I’ve chosen not to follow a religious path, the ‘love one another’ has remained. I just wish that school could put in a course of Ethics, that would fill the gap where religion once was.
Little Jack asked me when he was four, ‘Does God have a Mother?’ His mother had asked me at the age of three,’ Does God have an umbilicus?’ Children do wonder and need answers, even if they’re the wrong ones.