Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

This sum­mer, in the midst of all your fam­ily hol­i­days, days away to the coun­try­side or the daily gen­eral busy­ness of the day, don’t for­get to en­joy those spe­cial mo­ments of sum­mer joy.

A beau­ti­ful sun­rise, the sweet smell of sum­mer flow­ers, the aroma of a bar­be­cue, the heat of the sum­mer sun.

Take the op­por­tu­nity to bask in the good­ness of God’s cre­ation: to slow down, breathe deep, and to just en­joy life, even if just for a mo­ment...

Those lazy, hazy days of child­hood sum­mers for us may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean that in the midst of our lives to­day we can­not cap­ture mo­ments when time stands still, mo­ments that be­come mem­o­ries and give us the abil­ity to face the dif­fi­cul­ties and strug­gles of our lives with vi­sion and hope.

What bet­ter mem­ory for a mother and fa­ther than watch­ing their chil­dren stand­ing on the beach with a bucket and spade mak­ing their first sand­cas­tle and watch­ing it be­ing washed away by the tide, only for them to start all over again.

As the end­ings and be­gin­nings of the tides of life swirl around us, we too can find the strength and re­silience to stand there in the midst of it all, ready to be­gin again.

Or the ex­pe­ri­ence of jump­ing into a pool of wa­ter on a re­ally hot sum­mer’s day, brac­ing your­self for the shock of it all, but know­ing that you will be the bet­ter for it.

Doesn’t that ex­pe­ri­ence cap­ture some of the most chal­leng­ing mo­ments of our own lives, when we have to stop just dip­ping a toe in the wa­ter, and in­stead jump in head first.

Sum­mer­time has a lot of po­etry in its ex­tended days. Just take a mo­ment, breathe deep, and don’t miss them. Now pray... Dea­con Bill McMil­lan St Colum­bkille’s Church

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