We need peace in th­ese strange times

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

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