Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

For many peo­ple Jan­uary is a very dif­fi­cult time of year.

The days are dark and long, the weather cold and wet.

It’s also the time when we are re­minded that we start a new year with­out loved ones.

Last week I had the great priv­i­lege of tak­ing the fu­neral ser­vice of the old­est mem­ber of my con­gre­ga­tion, who was 107.

But it wasn’t just re­mark­able that she lived so long and her mind was so sharp but how she lived ev­ery mo­ment of her life.

Peggy was a won­der­ful lady who had enor­mous courage, strength and love for her fam­ily and she ded­i­cated her life to car­ing and help­ing oth­ers, re­gard­less of the cost to her­self.

There is a poem writ­ten by Linda El­lis called ‘The Dash’, which says: “He noted that first came the date of his birth and spoke of the fol­low­ing date with tears, but he said what mat­tered most of all was the dash be­tween those years.

“For that dash rep­re­sents all the time that he spent alive on Earth...

“For it mat­ters not, how much we own; the cars...the house... the cash. What mat­ters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.”

Peggy lived her life with the golden thread of faith run­ning through it, con­stantly talk­ing and pray­ing to God.

Her faith gave her strength to get through many dif­fi­cult times. She loved God and loved her neigh­bour. She treated with care and re­spect all those who jour­neyed with her even a short time.

Wouldn’t the world be a much bet­ter place to live if we fol­lowed these two com­mands of Je­sus and lived like Peggy?

Dur­ing the first weeks of 2017 per­haps we could re­flect upon our own lives and how we live and love. Rev San­dra Boyd King’s Park Church

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