Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Af­ter read­ing the news this week, lo­cal and na­tional, one theme that seems to jump out is that of di­vi­sion.

Di­vi­sion in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties with many res­i­dents un­happy about de­ci­sions the coun­cil has made with what may ap­pear to be lit­tle con­sul­ta­tion or con­sid­er­a­tion of the lo­cal peo­ple.

Di­vi­sion in Scot­land with Holy­rood seek­ing a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, and the knock on ef­fect of di­vi­sion be­tween Scot­tish and UK par­lia­ments.

Re­ac­tion across our coun­try has been very mixed with Brexit be­ing cen­tre stage and the coun­try di­vided. The op­pos­ing views of peo­ple are ev­i­dent to see.

Many of us re­main con­fused about what Brexit may mean and what the gov­ern­ment ac­tu­ally wants.

De­bates are pas­sion­ate with both sides not lis­ten­ing to each other’s point of view,

The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury said in his New Year speech “but I know that if we look at our roots, our his­tory and our cul­ture in the Christian tra­di­tion, if we reach back into what is best in this coun­try, we will find a path to­wards rec­on­cil­ing the dif­fer­ences that have di­vided us”.

There is a good mes­sage, to use all that we have ex­pe­ri­enced and all that we know to make the road ahead one of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in­stead of di­vi­sion.

He goes on to say that be­ing hos­pitable to strangers and liv­ing well to­gether are the foun­da­tions of Bri­tish val­ues and tra­di­tions and can make the UK “a bea­con of hope”in a trou­bled world.

Can we be peo­ple who hold to th­ese tra­di­tions, who wel­comes the stranger,re­gard­less of whether we agree or dis­agree with them?

May we in­deed find hope in th­ese days of di­vi­sion.

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