Thought for the week – 29.4.21

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In this period after Easter, we have an opportunity to consider what difference Jesus makes to our lives.

For his first disciples, more than 100 of them, gathered together in Jerusalem, they had so many questions. How Jesus rose from the tomb was probably not the biggest question. What probably was, was ‘When would they see Him again?’. Jesus came and went at unexpected times, in unexpected ways. How long would that continue? What would they do when He finally ‘ascended’ into his eternal heavenly life?

No wonder they met every day to talk about these things, and to pray about these questions. Jesus had taught them to pray, giving the Lord’s Prayer as an example. No fancy language was needed. We can pray to God as ‘Our Father’. We can pray to God about all our questions and worries, just as if He is our Dad. When will we be able to meet with our distant family and friends? How will we cope with all the new work restrictions? What will we do when furlough comes to an end? Will we ever get back to the old normal?

The disciples had to deal with similar questions in the absence of Jesus. But they discovered that God’s Holy Spirit was with them; helping them to talk with God, helping them to know what to do, and what to say, and where to be. They discovered that life was better than they ever thought possible – eternal life! It’s on offer for each one of us, because God loves each person, and invites you to become part of his family too!

Try Praying – it works! (www.trypraying.org)

Reverend Stewart Goudie, North West Lochaber Church of Scotland