Thought for the week

The Oban Times - - Births, Marriages & Deaths - Dr Stu­art Chalmers

Fred-how can such an in­nocu­ous name con­jure up such thoughts of pain, suf­fer­ing hard­ship and de­struc­tion? We can all re­call the news bul­letins over the last few weeks af­ter Storm Fred hit our shores bring­ing with it the ter­ri­ble night­mares of dev­as­ta­tion ex­pe­ri­enced by so many. House­hold­ers weep­ing as they re­turn to their homes af­ter the storm to see all their trea­sured pos­ses­sions de­stroyed or miss­ing, and some then ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this 2 or 3 times more in a mat­ter of days be­cause of the sub­se­quent flood­ing. Our hearts go out to them and it is en­cour­ag­ing to see how com­mu­ni­ties come to­gether to sup­port each other in th­ese cir­cum­stances. Many times through the year I look out and see the brave mem­bers of the Fire and Res­cue or RNLI prac­tic­ing for such even­tu­al­i­ties at the Falls of Lora. And now we see them in ac­tion where they are most needed. When we are in des­per­ate need, hope over­comes fear when we know that some­one is com­ing along­side with the ex­pe­ri­ence and where­withal to res­cue us and bring us to safety. The scrip­tures tell us that ‘ When you pass through the wa­ters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you... For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Is­rael, your Saviour. What­ever your sit­u­a­tion, call out to the one who saves. His prom­ise is never to ‘ leave you nor for­sake you.’

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