Thought for the Week

Argyllshire Advertiser - - DISTRICT NEWS - With Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

As Septem­ber slips away and sum­mer dips into au­tumn, we have re­joiced in sev­eral won­der­fully sum­mer days to boost our spir­its.

But the news is not good: Covid is not go­ing away; con­straints are still upon us; we can­not meet freely with friends and rel­a­tives; fur­ther re­stric­tions will be placed upon us; they say that Christ­mas will vir­tu­ally be can­celled.

The fu­ture is not look­ing bright. Is there any hope?

Racism is on the in­crease, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters de­stroy peo­ple’s homes and lives, the in­ci­dence of sui­cide has risen, an­i­mal cru­elty con­tin­ues to hor­rify us, the UK gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to sell arms to op­pres­sive regimes with hor­rific con­se­quences and as Brexit talks stall and stut­ter, it has lost cred­i­bil­ity in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

The nat­u­ral world is threat­ened with the ex­tinc­tion of so many won­der­ful crea­tures be­cause of hu­man greed and in­dif­fer­ence. Is there any hope?

‘Hope is be­ing able to see that there is light de­spite all of the dark­ness.’ Des­mond Tutu said this and he is cer­tainly some­one who knows about cling­ing to hope.

The Bi­ble says that ‘faith is the con­fi­dence that what we hope for will ac­tu­ally hap­pen’.

Maybe in this time of what might seem like hope­less­ness, we need to re­fo­cus our lives and set our thoughts on that which is good, that which is honourable and that which is worth pre­serv­ing.

Maybe we need to see past the de­struc­tion and the sad­ness, past the dev­as­ta­tion and the cru­elty to the beauty, the prom­ise, the hope and the fu­ture.

Maybe we need to pray for that fu­ture – a fu­ture filled with hope and care, with vi­sion and prom­ise; a hope that is God shaped and King­dom fo­cussed.

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