Thought for the week – 6.6.19

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One of the lovely aspects of the life of St John’s Cathedral is how many people drop in for a moment’s peace or prayer each day.

The chance to be still in the midst of a busy life is often a rarity, so the opportunity to ponder some of our worries, or be thankful for things going well, can be restorative.

In the cathedral we have a Prayer Tree where many leave their messages to God of joy or pain, and we pray that through the offering, people can know that they are not alone.

It is said that a student once asked what the Biblical phrase from Isaiah meant: ‘In quietness and trust, you will find strength.’ They were told to take time to sit quietly each day for 15 minutes. At first, the student struggled and was restless but, persisting, they began to look forward to the time and found that they were far more able to deal with the things going on in their life.

This is not about life being magically put right – but in finding that we are not alone and that God can make a difference to us.

St John’s Cathedral is open each day and welcomes everyone to come in and spend a few moments in quietness, trusting that through that time, God can give so much to restore and revive us, guide and help us.

Very Rev Canon Margi Campbell,

Provost of St John’s Cathedral, George Street, Oban.