Dear new friends,
It is a wonderful blessing to be able to join your family here at Liberton Northfield. These past weeks, as many of you will know, have been eventful in our household as we welcomed three more children into our family. On 30th May we welcomed Lily, Richard and William into the world. They join Maria (2) and Andrew (4.5) to give us 5 beautiful and adventurous children under 5. We have become that family that everyone talks about!
So, who are we? Well, Celeste and I have been married 6 years this year. We met in Amsterdam where I worked for 8 years. After a couple of years in Amsterdam we moved to Edinburgh. Celeste is a full-time mother and I am in my last year of studies at New College. I have finished all my placements and this year have the time to concentrate on my dissertation.
One of the great things we have found about parenthood is the amazing books that we get to read to our children every day. At the moment one of the favourite bedtime stories is called ‘You are Special’ by Max Lucado. The story follows the life of the small wooden people called the Wemmicks who put golden star stickers and grey dot stickers on each other all day long. Those who are talented, beautiful and liked get golden star stickers while those who struggle to find the right words, are chipped or looking a little worn get grey dots. Punchinello is a sad Wemmick as he receives grey dots all day long and he believes something must be really wrong with him. However, eventually he finds himself at the carpenter’s workshop and while debating whether to go in, the carpenter calls out his name and he is shocked that the carpenter would know HIS name. It is there that Punchinello is encouraged to see himself as special. He learns that the carpenter isn’t concerned with what other Wemmicks think and neither should he be.
Jesus reminds us in the Gospels time and time again that he came for all, he ate with those who society rejected and his disciples were ordinary men, not learned scholars. Throughout the Bible, God uses the unexpected in society and like the carpenter in the story he sees past all that the world finds important to see us for who we really are. We are told in Ephesians:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ.” Ephesians 2:10
We are ALL Gods handiwork, not all of us are called to be artists or teachers or scientists but we are all created by our loving Father and he doesn’t make mistakes. We all have a part to play, we need to turn our focus away from the world and start believing that we are not mistakes, rather we are masterpieces created by an awesome God who loves each and every one of us.
We look forward to our time with you and the adventure that God has for all of us.
With every Blessing,