Thought for the week – week 11

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Recently I lost my backdoor key. It was missing for about two weeks and it was very frustrating.

I always keep it in the glove compartment of my car, but the car is off the road just now (that’s another story) so I decided to put it somewhere ‘safe’ that I would remember.

The trouble was that I forgot where that safe place was!

I searched high and low, in all the obvious places and then anywhere I could think of … even daft places.

It turned up again on Saturday morning – and it had been in a pocket in my handbag all along.

Sometimes, in life, it can feel like we are searching for something. We can’t quite place what it is or where we might find it, but we’ll only be content once it is found.

Perhaps we search for the ‘missing piece’ of our lives in all the obvious places … among our family, with friends, through our social life or retail therapy. When none of those things works, perhaps we need to look somewhere else close by.

I’ve been a church member for all my adult life, but there was a time when I tried to walk away and do without it. I thought it might make my life easier, but how wrong I was.

Our local churches are places of welcome and acceptance, of friendship and faith, and, for many of us, they provide what would otherwise be that missing link in our lives.

Sometimes what you are searching for is closer to hand than you realise … and where you least expect to find it.

Rev Christine Fulcher,

Parish assistant, Kilmore and Oban Parish Church.