Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer view -

In a few weeks from now my fam­ily and I will be at the Con­cert Hall in Glas­gow watch­ing The Pro­claimers in con­cert and no doubt will be singing along when­ever one of the well­known songs is be­ing per­formed.

As some­one who is ‘ mu­si­cally chal­lenged’ ( in other words tone deaf) I find my­self fo­cussing much more on the lyrics and am of­ten struck by the way they speak to as­pects of ev­ery­day life in down to earth ways – even the love songs.

There is one song I lis­tened to the other day called ‘What makes you cry?’ – a song about a failed ro­mance which also asks ques­tions about how we re­act to the plight of an­other.

‘ What makes you cry?’ is re­ally a ques­tion about the place of com­pas­sion in our so­ci­ety.

It asks us to think about how we feel about the things we see hap­pen­ing around us in the world.

We a re un­doubt­edly a com­pas­sion­ate na­tion and, al­though we may not shed ac­tual tears at what we see, we are moved to re­spond to the plight of oth­ers – whether that be those caught up in the refugee cri­sis, those re­liant on food banks, those who suf­fer­ing from in­cur­able dis­eases, those who suf­fer a be­reave­ment in their lives, those fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in their lives ……. the list is end­less –but thank­fully so is the re­sponse we make – time and time again we show com­pas­sion.

There will be many things that make us cry in our lives – good and bad, se­ri­ous and silly – and each time we shed a tear we give ex­pres­sion to what is im­por­tant to us.

May we never for­get the im­por­tance of be­ing com­pas­sion­ate – as Je­sus said: ‘do to oth­ers what you would have them do to you’. John San­der­son, Ruther­glen URC

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