Musings From The Manse

Musings From The Manse

A reflection for these days of a church in Lockdown.

Greetings friends,

I hope all is well with you, and that you aren’t finding these Lockdown weeks too hard. They certainly are challenging, between missing family and friends and juggling work and home schooling.

Over these last few weeks we’ve certainly had the opportunity to think about the things that mean a lot to us, and perhaps for some of us, rethink what our priorities might be.

Something which we have all perhaps become more aware of, are our neighbours. Some of you may have had to rely on neighbours to bring you shopping or collect a prescription, some of you might be appreciating the chat with your neighbours, socially distanced of course across the fence, or on a Thursday night as we gather with our neighbours to show our appreciation and clap for carers.

Neighbours are something which comes up again and again in both the Old and the New Testaments in our Bibles. In the New Testament, in the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus encourages us think about who our neighbour is, challenging old preconceived and long held ideas about who our neighbour might be, and in Mark’s gospel, Jesus, when asked what the greatest commandment might be answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and the second is this, Love your neighbour as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31

But who is our neighbour?

This past week has been Christian Aid week. Christian Aid in its 75 year history has long sought to encourage us to think widely – in fact, GLOBALLY, when it comes to answering that question of who is our neighbour. Our neighbour is not just the one who shares our postcode, or shops where we shop, our neighbour on this planet, is also one on the other side of this world whose life and experience is very different from ours, but who shares our common humanity and is equally loved by God as one of God’s children.

During this time of global pandemic our global neighbours are suffering as much if not more than our near neighbours, and so what can we do to offer them the hand of friendship and love?

During this time, Christian Aid continues to work in some of the most vulnerable communities in our world fighting for justice, ending poverty and alleviating suffering. A donation to Christian Aid can help those who have so little to know abundant life.

Will you help?

You can donate to the work of Christian Aid in our e-envelope or on their website or via our Facebook page

Thank you.

Let’s pray

Lord in these uncertain days, may we know the certainty of your love and care,

May it well up inside of us, transforming us from the inside out, May your love fill our hearts,

And may it encourage us to reach out to our neighbours.

Open our eyes to who our neighbour might be,

Sharpen our vision so that we may see those both near and far,

Open our hearts to the need of our brothers and sisters all across our world,

Give us grace enough,

And open our hands, that we might, in love, Respond.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Amanda

Old Kirk