Thought for the week – 16.9.21

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For most of us, the hardest thing we had to endure through the lockdowns was the separation from our families: from our children and grandchildren and even great grandchildren.

I just love the way each new family member born is part of all the people who have gone before. I love how, as they grow, we see facial likenesses, and similarities in mannerisms and also skills and gifts, which we can attribute to one relative or another.

We are all members of a family, and we all bear the marks, the likenesses of a good mix of those who preceded us. Looking at our wedding photo album recently, our daughter-in-law remarked how uncanny it was to look at faces of people she had never met and see the family likenesses in her son and daughter!

However, we also belong to another family, the family of God. While we do not have a photograph album with snapshots of the members of that family who preceded us, we can seek the family traits that we would most like to aspire to show.

Our ‘photo album’ is in fact the Bible, and within its pages we find these ‘family likenesses’ passed down to us from our Father, God and our Brother, Jesus: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, not to mention grace, humility, compassion and forgiveness.

How good it would be to be told that we are the very image of these family members. To bear and show the image of Christ in our lives, would be the best family likeness ever.

Reverend Morag Muirhead, Fort William Kilmallie Church of Scotland l/w Kilmonivaig Church of Scotland