Thought for the Week – 26.11.20

The Rev Tom Telfer from America is the new minister at Muckairn church and the Parish of Kilchrennan and Dalavich. 16_T13_TomTelfer_new rev

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‘These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.’ Thomas Paine

The days are short and rainy, the way has been long and will be longer yet. It has been a roller coaster ride with multiple ups and downs and it will be some time yet before the ride ends and we will be able to exit the ride.

Maybe this year’s Advent season will become more meaningful than in the recent past.

We are learning what it is to be a people who know how to wait, to be faithful in the darkness of our waiting and to give testimony to the light that has come into the world. We are called to be especially generous to the marginalised who, as usual, bear the brunt of difficult times. We are called to remain faithful in loving our neighbour as we watch out for one another and as we keep the discipline of wearing our facemasks, keeping our social distance and limiting our gatherings.

Listening to the memories of my parents and others of their generation, I would almost hear a wistfulness about the days of the Great Depression and Second World War. They remembered those days as a time when neighbours looked out for neighbours. It was a time of hardship, but one that was faced with faith, hope and love and a determination to overcome.

God is with us through this shadow of death. And God has prepared us a table on the other side. And there will be a time of gladness when the oil of gladness anoints us.

My question is whether we will let God’s rod and staff – faith, hope and love – guide us and comfort us? Will we tell future generations stories of God’s faithfulness and the comradery of facing a common enemy together?

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