We need peace in these strange times
There was a wee girl who went on the train many years ago.
It was her first train journey and it was overnight.
As it became dark, mum took the girl and placed her on the upper bunk of the sleeper.
She told her that up there she would be nearer to God and that God would watch over her.
In the silence the wee lass became afraid and called softly, “Mummy, are you there?” “Yes dear,” came the reply. A little later, in a louder voice, the child called, “Daddy, are you there, too?” “Yes dear,” was the reply.
After this had been repeated several times with increasing volume a passenger in the next compartment finally lost his patience and shouted at the top of his voice, “Just give us peace. Yes we are all here, your father, your mother, your brother, the whole jing bang of us now get to sleep!”
There was a moment of silence and then, a wee quiet voice asked, “Mummy, was that God?”
We all have our fears and fear takes away our peace does it not?
I can understand right now the fear of Covid.
We are being sensible and yet could this unseen killer still strike us.
We are in the supermarket and someone does not observe social distancing.
Not care in the world, not for themselves and certainly not for you and we fear. Many live constantly in fear. They had fears before Covid and they will have fears when Covid has gone.
They fear the darkness, they fear the day, they fear life and they fear death.
Just before He left them Jesus had something important to say to his friends and in so doing he made it clear that he wanted them to have peace.
In these strange days we need peace.
I note a survey recently where people were asked how they viewed the possibility of restrictions being eased.
Sixty per cent of folk were worried about that.
The survey went further and asked about holidays abroad... again a large number indicated it will be quite sometime before they feel they want to travel.
I wish I could give you absolute assurance that we will all come out of this together but I do believe we will.
lnstead I leave you with those words of Jesus: “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Rev Ian Miller, Bonhill
Quiet Balloch town centre looking strangely empty during lockdown. Picture by Lennox Herald photographer Colin Garvie