Thought for the week – 28.5.20

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In this day of coronavirus, we have become aware of essential work. Health care and provision of food are among those deemed essential.

I wonder what is essential spiritually? Jesus gives us the Great Commandment – to love God and neighbour. And so, we make the common sacrifice of social distancing for each other.

Beyond that – God’s love continues to be essential to my life. There was this love that was waiting for me at my birth. And this love will be there for me at the moment of my death. The nature and depth of this love was made known to me through the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That love abides with me through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

My family is essential to me. Being transplanted from America to serve here in Scotland, I already knew what it was like to love a family I could rarely be with except through the gift of the internet. My family in Christ continues to be important, even though we are socially distanced out of love, care and concern.

The communities of Taynuilt, Dalavich and Kilchrenan have become essential to me. The children of the schools, the various gatherings for shared meals, tea and coffee and fundraising events – to name a few – are essential to my life.

We have made huge deposits in each other’s lives and now we are living off the savings. These deposits won’t last forever and they will have to be renewed. But for now, we care for each other through the provision of food, medicines and other neighbourly supporting activity. We phone each other, pray for each other and wish one another to stay well.

In the same way the financial economy can function for just so long on essential-only footing so, too, our spiritual economy. I look forward to when we can have the joy of the deposits of important gatherings and not be limited, by love, to the essential.

Reverend Tom Telfer, Kilchrenan and Dalavich, linked with Muckairn.