Text: Salla Pätsi
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
I am sitting in the sheep barn, admiring the graceful skipping and bouncing of our little lambs. They are only a few days old, but they already follow their dams outside and run in and out of the barn as if playing tag. They will have friends to play with, because 20 of the lambs born this year are still alive.
One thing that is important to me in my work with domestic animals is the possibility to share my experiences with other people. For instance, I have been able to share the miracle of birth with several people! I feel I am sharing things that are significant to me.
Since we need to drop in to the sheep barn more often during the lambing season than normally, there have also been more situations to share. Maybe teachers or paramedics have got some concrete experiences that will be useful to them in real life, such as managing an ambulance delivery. I also enjoyed my discussion with my vegan goddaughter while witnessing the birth of triplet lambs. We talked about the ecological clothes that we will make of our sheep’s wool. And sheep do not suffer when they are sheared. They suffer if they are not sheared!
In addition to births, we occasionally also witness deaths of domestic animals. And I mean deaths other than slaughtering. We have had sheep for eight years, but I recently experienced my first stillbirth when I helped a ewe give birth to three dead lambs. My husband and another sheep farmer were present to support me, so I managed. But when I went into the house to get my phone and call the vet, I thought I would give away all the animals to avoid hardships like that!
When I had got the dead lambs out, I cried. Partly for the poor dead lambs, partly for the pain the dam had gone through, but partly also because I was proud of myself. I had been able to do what had to be done! I consoled myself with the thought that people, and even unborn babies, may also die although there are professional people helping them.
The following evening I got a message about the unexpected death of an acquaintance. It jolted my thoughts into their proper tracks. I forgot about the wars and other worries of this world. Life is here right now.
Erilaisena syntyvä perheenjäsen tuo uusia sävyjä vanhemmuuteen. Kehitysvamma tai jokin muu vamma tuo usein mukanaan erityisiä hoivan tarpeita. On luonnollista, että tällöin vanhempi pohtii omia voimavarojaan, osaamistaan tai jaksamistaan vanhemmuuden äärellä. Osa huolista saattaa toteutua, osa taas ei. Ihmeellisesti elämän antaja, Jumala, antaa erityislapsen vanhemmille voimavaroja ja erityistä taitoa olla juuri tämän lapsen vanhempi. Moni kokeekin pian, että erilaisuus onkin erityisyyttä, sillä lapsi tuo uudenlaista merkitystä ja iloa perheen elämään.
Kodin joulu -levyllä soivat ennen kuulemattomin toteutuksin monet perinteiset joululaulut.
Mihin syntien anteeksiantamus perustuu Raamatun mukaan? Kirjoittaja käy läpi Uuden testamentin anteeksiantamusta käsittelevät kohdat, joiden kautta avautuu monipuolinen ja selkeä kuva aiheesta.