Reflection on the week
Thought for the Day.
Since we have re-opened the church building on Sunday's we will be replacing our thought for the day with a reflection on the week which will be posted here on Friday's. Thank you to all who have commented on and have messaged to say how much they enjoyed our thought for the day throughout the lockdown period particularly.
Reflection on the week Ken Williamson
Should I or should I not?
It seems that following weeks of lifting and dare I say liberation from some of the restrictions we had in the spring, we have now selected reverse gear and are backing up very quickly. The last week has once again been one of swift and dramatic change for us all. We are faced with having to listen to our government inform us of the possible implications of COVID 19 and its continuing spread amongst our population. Now is a time when we need to consider ourselves less and to think much more of others, and in particular how our actions might well have an impact on others. In times as, we have faced over the past number of month's the words of the Apostle Paul seem more relevant than ever. In writing to the church in the city of Philippi, he encourages them to think less of themselves and more of others.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves. Philippians 2: 3
Paul's words are just as relevant today as they were in ad61 when they were written. He knew the danger of selfishness, and the new Christian community in Philippi had to avoid selfishness at all costs. The same is true of us today, now id the time to think of others and not to be selfish; instead, it is a time to be selfless. Perhaps, in our current circumstances, Paul might ask the question, What Would Jesus Do? Everything Jesus ever did was all about others and never about himself; we must try in these difficult times to do likewise.
Thought For the Week 18/09/20 Rev Alex Dunstan
Having been a teacher for 18 years, September 1st always seems to me to be much more the start of the year than January 1st. It was the time to start a new term and prepare a classroom; use brand new exercise books – and for me, as a Christian, to decide what I was going to do for my devotions each day.
Devotions are just a posh word for spending time with God! First thing in the morning, I read the Bible and say some prayers and have a short time of quiet before the day really gets going. Depending on your body clock will depend on what time you might choose to do devotions – you may well be more alert in an evening or at the middle of the day.
I keep devotions very simple, and on September 1st, I decided I was going to read a Psalm a day, along with my prayers. I have read 18 Psalms now and it has already been an amazing journey! Some of them I stop at and read a number of times because the words are so helpful, even in these days when some consider the Bible to be irrelevant.
On September 3rd, I stopped at Psalm 3:3-5,
“You, Lord are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I called out to the Lord and he answers me. I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me.”
This is a great reassurance that the Lord is with us…and I have stopped many times since, to read and reread other parts of the Psalms as the days go on.
It doesn’t matter that we are now past September 1st. What does matter is that you can know the Lord through the Bible, so why not try a Psalm a day. You never know where your journey may take you!
Reflection on the week Friday 11th September Ken Williamson
This week has seen so many things begin to change, and I have been removing summer bedding plants which were past their best. However, as summer things come to an end, we can look forward to what the autumn has to offer us. Autumn is a season I like as the leaves start to turn and we have an ever-changing chameleon-like colour show for a few weeks. It is strangely a time of great optimism, something which we have not had a lot of in recent months. It would be easy to be pessimistic at present, especially considering the veritable roller coaster we have been on since early March. The optimism comes from celebrating the harvest, as we see how creation supplies us with so many of the things we need. Our children are back in school, we have such outstanding teachers and staff, who strive to do their best to give the next generation the best education they can have. For me, football and rugby return; and whilst we can’t presently visit Brunton Park, St James Park or Kingston Park, we can enjoy the return of our favourite sports teams.
However, for me, the longer evenings bring the opportunity to spend time with a coffee reading and learning. During the long autumn and winter evenings, I often send many happy hours enthralled by my favourite authors. My favourite reading material, and the one that gives me the most optimism, is the Bible. Within the Bible, one of the books I enjoy especially is the Letter to the Hebrews, below is a verse that always gives me a reason to be optimistic:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13: 8
Despite everything that may change around me, Jesus Christ will remain constant and the same, always there for us. That thought gives me the greatest of optimism. Over the next eight weeks, you can join us on Wednesdays online to hear more about this beautiful book of the Bible.