Thought for the day – Sunday 21 June

Thought for the day - Sunday 21 June

Dear All

When I started to write my ‘daily thoughts’ it was primarily a response to our separation due to the closure of our church buildings and I didn’t think I would be doing so for as long. At that time there was understandable, considerable uncertainty and anxiety as no one was quite sure what was going to happen with the spread of COVID 19. Thankfully things are much better now and our churches are free to open for private prayer and contemplation. It is expected that there will be a further lifting of restrictions before too long.

Today is day 92 of our ‘collective thinking’ as it were, and I trust that having had a daily Bible passage and focus during this time will have been of some encouragement to you. More importantly than my thoughts, however, are the bible passages themselves which I have encouraged you to think/meditate on each day.

Since we are slowly returning to something resembling normality following the First Minister’ announcement last Thursday I trust you will permit me a little interlude at this juncture. Today will be the last of my ‘Daily Thought’s’. On the days that the church will be open, however, there will be on the screen a very brief bible passage and short comment for our focus and contemplation. I am also considering a weekly message on a Sunday, (summary of the sermon) for those unable to come to church.

In the meantime, I thank you for your encouragement in my daily pursuits and for your kind words and for the care you have shown to one another. Aileen and Fraser have been very helpful in their respective roles as church secretary and webmaster. Each daily thought has been accompanied by a thoughtful graphic illustration on Facebook and as they say, every picture tells a story.

Psalm 91 is a Psalm of hope and confidence. As I have said before the Psalmist wasn’t always in a good mood but today what he writes is uplifting. Let us continue in our encouragement of one another.

For one more time, I ask you to think/meditate on these things.

God bless you!

Jim

JBoag@churchofscotland.org.uk

PSALM 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

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