Amanda: Reflections for the Week

Amanda: Reflections for the Week

What a crazy week!

What an absolutely crazy topsy turvy unbelievable week!

Who would have thought just 7 days ago that today we would be living in a Scotland where all of the schools are closed, all pubs and restaurants, cinemas, sports centres, libraries, museums and many other public places closed and the SQA exams cancelled. Where all nonessential medical treatment and surgery is stopped and where NHS speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and staff in other disciplines are being redeployed within the NHS to free up other NHS staff to work on the frontline.

While waiting in a long queue at a supermarket checkout this week I chatted to the elderly woman in front of me, she was scared, unsettled by the empty shelves, even at 10 o’clock in the morning, she’d never seen anything like it, “not even in the war” she said.

How do we respond?

What can we do?

When it seems that we are living in quicksand, where every day brings fresh news and fresh challenges and new changes to the way that we must live our lives and the restrictions placed in them.

When we are afraid, frightened, for ourselves, for our loved ones, for our livelihoods what can we hold onto?

God’s word says God can!

If I need words of comfort it’s often tine Psalms that I turn to, and Psalm 46 is one of my favourite chapters in all of Scripture. The opening verses speak of God as our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble and isn’t that just what we need right now?

To know that we are not alone, to know that even although it seems that this world of ours is right now spinning out of our control that God has got this, and that in God we can seek refuge from the storm and find strength.

And then says, therefore, because we know that God is steady, because we know that we can trust God, “we will not fear, even though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea”

Even when the unthinkable happens, even when the world that we know crumbles and falls, even when all around us is sinking sand we need not fear, because God is here beside us and God has got us. God holds us in the palm of God’s hand, God’s got this covered.

Let that thought quieten you, let that knowledge comfort you,

And may you know God’s peace.

Prayer

Loving God,

We have learned this week of our fragility,

And that we are not in control,

But enable us to see that You are.

Encourage us to pause and to stop panicking, remind us to breathe deep,

And to keep on putting our trust in you,

You who spoke and brought light into darkness, you who created order from chaos,

You who stilled the wind and the waves in a storm with a word, and you who died on a rough wooden cross for us…

Such is your love,

May we sense that love now,

May it soak into us and renew us, may it comfort us and strengthen us,

And my it give us the. Courage that we need to open our eyes and to look around and see the opportunities that this new world offers to each of us.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Old Kirk