Thought for the Week

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

It is a kind of ‘in be­tween’ time; a kind of limbo time; al­most a ‘noth­ing’ time. Christ­mas is over, all the plan­ning, pre­par­ing, shop­ping, etc, is done. Christ­mas is over for an­other year and we await a new year. Many of us do not re­ally like this time nearly as much as the ‘wait­ing for Christ­mas’ time. We al­most dread New Year for we look back and re­mem­ber things that hap­pened that rocked us and sad­dened us. We look back and hope this next year will be bet­ter. Of­ten there is sad­ness at the bells as many are aware that some­one is miss­ing who was with us last year. Yet we do our best to wel­come this new year and hope for good times to come. We will join with friends and we will laugh as well as cry and life will go on. Then, as we put away the dec­o­ra­tions after twelfth night – as we pack away the crib – we must re­mem­ber that we are not pack­ing away the Christ­mas child. For God will be with us. He will go ahead of us into the good times and the not so good. God will go ahead of us into hos­pi­tal wait­ing rooms and treat­ment cen­tres. God will be with us in the bright­est of days and the dark­est of nights. This was not only the mes­sage for Christ­mas it was the mes­sage for life. So as you raise a glass at ‘the bells’ to ab­sent friends, re­mem­ber the one who is ever present and al­ways near, for God will never let you go. Wish­ing you bless­ings and peace for the year ahead.

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