Thought for the week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Many politi­cians to­day want to tell us what’s wrong with our world, and then tell us whom to blame.

They re­mind us that we are un­der­paid, ex­ploited, un­equal, de­ceived, op­pressed, robbed, and cheated – and the re­sult is that we be­come dis­trust­ful, dis­sat­is­fied and in­creas­ingly an­gry.

But, there is another story. De­spite the fact we are all con­vinced we don’t earn enough, most of us are com­fort­ably well off. Even my mea­gre min­is­ter’s salary puts me in the top one per cent of the world’s wealthy – and ev­ery­one in Scot­land is in the top five per cent (if you don’t be­lieve me, check www. glob­al­rich­

Leav­ing aside eco­nomics, we en­joy un­prece­dented peace and sta­bil­ity in this coun­try. And then there are the other bless­ings that sur­round us: the beauty of na­ture, the won­der of chil­dren, friend­ship, com­mu­nity life, art, mu­sic, taste of food, work, leisure and laugh­ter. There is so much to be thank­ful for. While pol­i­tics may fo­cus on dis­sat­is­fac­tion and blame, Chris­tian wor­ship fo­cuses in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Wor­ship moves us from dis­con­tent­ment to thank­ful­ness, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude.

Je­sus said: “Con­sider how the lilies grow. They don’t work or spin yarn, but I tell you that not even King Solomon in all his splen­dour was clothed like one of them. Now if that’s the way God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive to­day and thrown into an oven to­mor­row, how much more will he clothe you—you who have lit­tle faith? So stop wor­ry­ing your­selves, about what you will eat or what you will drink, and stop be­ing dis­tressed. Surely your Fa­ther knows what you need!”

There is in­deed much self­ish­ness and in­jus­tice in our world, and with that we should never be con­tent. But per­haps if we were re­minded of all the bless­ings God has given us, and all the riches we en­joy from him, not only would we be more con­tent in our­selves, but our thank­ful­ness to him might lead us to a re­newed gen­eros­ity to­wards others.

You’d be wel­come to join us in our praise any Sun­day, but if not, why of­fer your own daily prayer of thanks­giv­ing? Rev Alis­tair May Stonelaw Par­ish Church

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