Thought for the week – 17.9.20

Rev Morag Muirhead NO F51 Morag
Rev Morag Muirhead NO F51 Morag Muirhead

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My husband and I only came out of shielding on August 1.

At the first opportunity, we went for a walk. We went up Glen Nevis and parked at the visitor centre, which wasn’t quite as busy as we expected.

We then went over the bridge and along the Riverside Walk on the path. We only met a few other walkers, among them a friend we hadn’t seen for five months, so we stopped and had a chat – suitably distanced.

Walking at the pace we do gives us time to look at the things around us and I found a really interesting broken, almost dead, tree. It had been a beech tree, but now seemed to be just a rotting trunk, about six feet high. But there was still life in that old tree. At one side of its trunk, little branches of beech tree sprouted out. On its other side, where a branch had once been, a small rowan tree was growing and alongside that were several fern fronds.

It was a three-in-one tree: one tree trunk but the source of life for three plants – beech, rowan and fern. In a way it reminded me of our Trinitarian God: God in three persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God reveals himself to us in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected ways, reminding us of his constant and ever-loving presence even and especially in these strange Covid-19 times.

Reverend Morag Muirhead, Ordained Local Minister at Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church of Scotland, Fort William, linked with Kilmonivaig Church of Scotland.