Thought for the week, March 29 2019

Marilyn Shedden spoke about Feed the Minds, the organisation to which the ladies donated.

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They’re back! Known as LM12 and LF15, the osprey have returned safely to Loch of the Lowes.

What an amazing return journey they have completed from Africa of about 6000 miles.

Once again we will watch them as they prepare and repair the nest, as they will lay their eggs, and then the joy of watching the chicks hatch.

All around us are signs of new life. The new buds are appearing, the oyster catchers are pairing up and the lambs will soon sprinkle the fields with white.

New birth will come once again and each mother of whatever species will know the call of her own baby.

I heard a fascinating programme about voice recognition. Evidently the best form of security is not a pin number or a code, but simply your voice recording.

I was invited to do this recently so that when I next need to prove my identity I will be known by the stored recording of my voice.

Like our fingerprint and the retina of our eye, our voice pattern is unique.

No one else on the planet has the same voice as you have.

This must be the same with the other animals.

I am always intrigued when I watch a flock of sheep with a field full of lambs that each lamb knows the call of her mother amidst so many.

I have watched nature programmes where chicks know the call of the adult and the elephant calf responds to the right mother.

We know too that God calls us by our name, and we know that call to be different from any other, for God’s voice is also unique.