Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - Bereavement - Jonathan Ged­des

When­ever I want to be by my­self for a while, I take my beloved dog Molly for a walk.

One morn­ing last week I was walk­ing through the woods near my home lost in my own thoughts. Molly was trot­ting along in front when sud­denly she stopped, she turned to­wards me cock­ing her head to the side as if to say “Sh­hhh quiet.” I stopped be­hind her lis­ten­ing, hear­ing only the sounds of the woods, the echo of the birds singing, the slight breeze pass­ing through the trees gen­tly rustling the leaves, and, as I bent down to pat Molly on the head to re­as­sure her I re­alised at that mo­ment I was lis­ten­ing to God.

I could hear the heart of God beat­ing in the eter­nal quiet of the morn­ing. I’m not sure how long we stayed there but it wasn’t long be­fore a cy­clist came ped­al­ing along the path and the mo­ment evap­o­rated away, bring­ing me out of my un­in­tended med­i­ta­tion.

As we con­tin­ued our walk, a few lines of the Psalm 104 came to mind: “How great are your works, Lord, in your wis­dom you made them all. The earth is full of your creatures, liv­ing things both great and small.”

Many peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence God in dif­fer­ent ways, some say they feel him all the time, oth­ers say they ex­pe­ri­ence him of­ten. I my­self ex­pe­ri­ence God in small frag­ments like that mo­ment in the woods; they are like pieces of a jig­saw.

And every time I add a piece to the pic­ture it al­ways seems dif­fer­ent than be­fore. It’s as if God is invit­ing me to un­der­stand that my life is an in­ti­mate and frag­ile string of con­nec­tions, as if God and I are hold­ing hands; the won­der of God’s cre­ation ca­ress­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence so sim­ply that only in calm, only in peace can it be dis­cov­ered.

This nat­u­ral peace is from the divine, it’s a peace that we can’t come to without the world, and yet it is be­yond it. A peace we can’t see but only ex­pe­ri­ence if we open our hearts to it. Dea­con Bill McMil­lan St Colum­bkille’s Parish

There was a sum­mer stun­ner for Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church re­cently.

The church held their Sum­mer Fayre last

We are very grate­ful to all those in the com­mu­nity who came out to sup­port us”

Green Fin­gers The gar­den­ing stall was pop­u­lar

On Of­fer The bric a brac stall was well manned

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