Thought for the week

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the great­est of these is love 1 Corinthi­ans 13:13

The Oban Times - - British, Marriages & Deaths -

TWO weeks ago, the Lord Lieu­tenant of Ar­gyll and Bute of­fi­cially opened Hope Kitchen’s new premises. As many in Oban know, the char­ity serves those who need help in many ways, for ex­am­ple, some suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of ad­dic­tions, some who are home­less, some who are on the bread­line, some who find it hard to cope and some who are just lonely. Although of­fi­cially called Hope Kitchen, the name above the new premises is ‘New Hope’, not be­cause of the re­cent move but be­cause the de­sire of the staff, vol­un­teers and trustees is to give new hope to all who en­ter. Ev­ery­one is im­por­tant, ev­ery­one is spe­cial, ev­ery­one has some­thing to of­fer and when I spend time talk­ing with those who use our ser­vices, I find each per­son has a story and some­thing valu­able to of­fer. Some­times you have to dig a bit deeper, but the gold nugget is there. That’s why I think this verse is so ap­pro­pri­ate to the open­ing of New Hope. In the King James ver­sion, the word love is trans­lated ‘char­ity’. This word has been mis­used over the past cen­tury whereas to­day when of­fer­ing it, many would say: ‘I don’t want your pity. Keep your char­ity.’ No- one is pitied at New Hope. What is done is given in love. Who would re­ject love? Our vol­un­teers don’t get paid yet we have a great num­ber who give self­lessly ev­ery week, of­fer­ing hope in so many ways to those who come in with­out any. We be­lieve, trust, have faith that what we of­fer will make a dif­fer­ence and are ready to give those who seek help in what­ever way, a hand to reach their goal, what­ever it is. The Lord Lieu­tenant told me that wher­ever he is, he rep­re­sents the Queen. His con­duct ex­em­pli­fied that in ev­ery way. It re­minded me that as a Chris­tian-led char­ity, we also have to rep­re­sent our King in ev­ery way, in our ac­tion, speech and thoughts. But with­out love, the great­est of these three, there would be no mo­ti­va­tion to achieve what we have, and then go on to greater things. Dr Stu­art Chalmers, Oban Bap­tist Church

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