Thought for the Week – 24.12.20

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I love my campervan. Considering its age, it’s going well.

However, recently it was suddenly and totally and shockingly immobilised! The engine, etc, seemed to work well enough.  After checking all I could, the only possibility was that the gear box was not engaging.  In a chat earlier in the day, the mechanic sucked his teeth and looked slightly cheeky. ‘Do you want the good news or the bad?’ The bad news was ‘if it had to be an engine out job, it will be expensive’!  The good news, however, it was just a piece that connected the gear shift at a cost of £3.  Let’s have two in case it happens again. (Is that faith or chance?)

When I last produced Thought for the Week, I was struggling with all the multitude of life and death issues that were decimating people’s hopes and dreams.  It made me angry and distressed to try and comprehend what to do whilst Covid-19 wrecked havoc around the world.

These have been very dark days and they nearly broke my spirit. The simple example of the campervan helped. It didn’t matter how big or important the other pieces may have been – a £3 part out of the hundreds of parts could transform the world.

I still have my dark days but there is a lot more hope on the horizon. The arrival of a vaccine, produced at miraculous speed by gifted scientists will mean we should be able to do things that bring us joy, like hugging a loved one or listening to live music.

During this season we are again made aware of the effect a tiny baby, born over 2,000 years ago, had on the history, present and future of humankind. He lives amongst us by his Spirit.  He demonstrates love and how to love and bring hope. As we wait on the doorstep of 2021 we look forward to better days to come, but aware that we don’t want to lose sight of some of the things we learned about ourselves and our community during the difficult days of 2020, even if it’s only a £3 car part.

Oban Baptist Church