Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

Now that the warmth and bright­ness of all the Christ­mas and the New Year fes­tiv­i­ties have gone we have be­come acutely aware that we are still in the mid­dle of win­ter.

It is im­por­tant at this time of year to look for­ward in hope to the light of spring pen­e­trat­ing the long win­ter nights of re­flec­tion.

Spring is a time when we be­gin to re­cover from the dark­ness of win­ter.

It is a time when we re­new our com­mit­ment to life and re­gen­er­ate our de­sires for healthy and an­i­mated liv­ing.

When we think about 2016 and the dif­fi­culty and divi­sion that was cre­ated in places like Syria and other ar­eas of con­flict in our world, we can with cer­tainty see that re­cov­ery, re­newal and re­gen­er­a­tion are needed for the heal­ing of in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and coun­tries in 2017.

As we look to­wards the com­ing of spring, we look for­ward to the warmth and beauty that be­gins to bloom as the days be­gin to lengthen.

Spring and Easter de­note a time of mir­a­cles and a reaf­firm­ing of faith.

It is a time for cel­e­bra­tion and a time for re­newal.

Re­newal is a time of look­ing at what we gain from our re­flec­tions ( win­ter) and it is a time for plant­ing those new seeds that will guide us into sum­mer and au­tumn.

Once you have made a de­ci­sion about your di­rec­tion, be con­scious of each and ev­ery ac­tion that you make in your jour­ney.

If you do that, then you will gain many bless­ings as you no­tice the gifts that spring brings into your life. Dea­con Bill McMil­lan St Colum­bkille’s Par­ish Church Ruther­glen

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