Friday 1 January 'All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us'. 2 Corinthians chapter 1 verses 3 and 4
Saturday 2 January I was all set to start my new fitness plan for 2021 this morning. I was going to bounce (slowly!) out of bed and go for a run. I opened my curtains and everything was white. The idea of slipping and sliding my way along the path did not appeal. We don't often get snow in Dunbar but it's there today. My plans for the day were changed in seconds. I am sure you have big plans for today and the coming year; that longed for holiday, getting married or perhaps looking for a new job. But are you prepared to change your plans for God's plans? For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future' Jeremiah 29:11
Sunday 3 January A prayer for the beginning of a new year. 'Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me, Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me'
Monday 4 January Are you one of the many people starting back to work today after the Christmas break? You may be travelling to your workplace or perhaps continuing to work from home. One of the first tasks to do, might be to set your goals for the coming weeks and months. John Maxwell, an American Pastor, suggests that ‘If you focus on goals, you may hit goals – but that doesn’t guarantee growth. If you focus on growth, you will grow and always hit your goals’. How are you going to grow in your Christian faith in 2021? John C. Maxwell (2002). “Your Road Map For Success: You Can Get There from Here”, p.96, Thomas Nelson Inc
Tuesday 5 January Each day we face new challenges. The new lockdown may cause you concern about your own health or that of your loved ones. It may be that you live on your own and worry about being lonely. Perhaps you are concerned that you will not have enough money to pay bills or buy essentials this month. You fear what the future holds for you and your family. God makes many promises and here is one of them. ‘Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you’ Deuteronomy 31 verse 5 Hold onto this promise today, that God is with you no matter what.
Wednesday 6 January Have you seen the musical show, Starlight Express written by Andrew Lloyd Webber? There is a song in it called, ‘There’s a light at the end of the tunnel’. Although we have started another lockdown, this time it is different. There is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ so to speak, in the form of vaccines. As Christians, we believe that Christ is the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. Christ came as a baby into a dark world, he died for each and everyone of us BUT he rose from the dead and is coming back some day. In these times of uncertainty, what an amazing promise to hold onto. “The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans chapter 8 verse 18
Thursday 7 January Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 18 It’s so easy to look on the dark side of life when we are going through tough times. We focus on disappointments, losses and what appear to be impossible tasks. God is good to us. We may not always feel it, but its worth taking a few moments to remind ourselves of the good things God has done for us. Johnson Oatman wrote the words to this familiar hymn in 1897 and they are as relevant today as they were then. 'Count your many blessings'.
Friday 8 January 'Happy moments – praise God, Difficult moments – seek God, Quiet moments – worship God, Painful moments – trust God, Every moment – thank God' Willy A.K 2018
Saturday 9 January Haiku is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consists of three phrases made up of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Here is my attempt at a Haiku.
Rainbows, the promise, God will be with us always, In good and dark times
Sunday 10 January God, my God, how great you are! beautifully, gloriously robed, Dressed up in sunshine, and all heaven stretched out for your tent. The glory of God—let it last forever! Let God enjoy his creation! Oh, let me sing to God all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live! Oh, let my song please him; I’m so pleased to be singing to God. Verses from Psalm 104
Monday 11 January What do you prefer, an Americano or a Latte coffee? I must admit I find that after I have had a Latte, I feel very full and lacking in energy whereas an Americano leaves me feeling refreshed and ‘raring to go’. God’s Holy Spirit is a bit like that too. Some people talk about the Holy Spirit as being the 'breath of God'. It fills you up and leaves you with a sense of peace but also a willingness to ‘get up and go’. If you are feeling unsettled and lacking in energy today why not invite God to fill your heart with peace and energy today? “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life”. Job 33:4
Tuesday 12 January United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) are inviting everyone to take a few minutes at midday today to say the Lord's Prayer. Why not set your alarm now?
Our Father who is in heaven
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM THE POWER AND THE GLORY
forever and ever Amen. www.ucb.co.uk/lordsprayer The Lord’s Prayer Matthew chapter 6 verses 9-13
Wednesday 13 January Life is full of rules and particularly just now: walking apart from each other, wearing face coverings, not travelling out of our local area and many more. The list goes on. Sometimes rules can be ambiguous or confusing. Christ gave us two rules to base our lives on. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22 verse 39 The Message Simple, but not always easy!
Thursday 14 January God has made many promises and we assured that he will keep each promise. Here are just a few of those promises. I will be with you. I will protect you. I will be your strength. I will answer you. I will provide for you. I will give you peace. I will always love you. ‘Not one word failed from all the good words God spoke to the house of Israel. Everything came out right’. Joshua 22 verse 45
Friday 15 January Today is a new day. We have never had it before and we will never have it again. Today is a gift, so let us accept it willingly and use it to its full advantage. 'This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it'. Psalm 118 verse 24
Saturday 16 January Our Sunday worship tomorrow is based on Psalm 150. You may like to use it as part of your time with God today.
Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
Sunday 17 January Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
Monday 18 January ‘Samaritans Brew Monday will kick off on 18 January, the third Monday in January, which is usually known as ‘Blue Monday’. We’ll be turning this day on its head and into something positive by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual cuppa. Reach out to a friend, family member or colleague for a virtual cuppa and a chat. It doesn’t have to be this Monday or a cup of tea, just taking time to really listen to another person could help them work through what’s on their mind. Because now more than ever, sharing a cuppa is more than a drink – it's about reaching out, checking in and staying connected’. James chapter 1 verse 19a ‘My dear brothers and sisters always be more willing to listen than to speak.'
Tuesday 19 January A lady arrived late for a training event that I was leading. She sat down beside some friends, sat bolt upright and promptly folded her arms. Now, folding arms can be a sign of feeling defensive or boredom and I was concerned that she was going to ask awkward questions and not participate willingly in the group work. The session passed without any major issues and I thought phew! At the coffee break the person came up to me and apologised for being late and sitting with her arms folded. She had been in a hurry putting on her blouse that morning and one of her buttons had popped. She was very conscious of the way her blouse was lying. I have to confess that I laughed. It’s so easy to jump to the wrong conclusions. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way, you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7 verses 1 and 2
Wednesday 20 January ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’. Psalm 150 verse 6 Finding time each day to praise God can be challenging. The busyness of day-to-day tasks and other commitments can take up so much time that we can get to the end of a day so tired we no longer have the energy or perhaps will. On Sunday, Gordon challenged us to consider how much time, each week, we spend praising God: in song, by using our talents and giving our time to Him; in prayer, as we read His holy word, seeking His will, and offering ourselves as a living sacrifice to the one who offered Himself for us. To read the full talk go to Sunday 17 January
Thursday 21 January Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. Psalm 25 verse 4 and 5 Heavenly Father, only you know where my path will lead but I trust that you are with me and before me and I will follow you with confidence.
Friday 22 January ‘What is our hope in life and death? Christ alone, Christ alone. What is our only confidence? That our souls to Him belong’. ‘Who holds our faith when fears arise? Who stands above the stormy trial? Who sends the waves that bring us nigh Unto the shore, the rock of Christ? Christ alone'. https://www.gettymusic.com/christ-our-hope
Saturday 23 January What makes you laugh? Perhaps reading a good book or watching a television programme or you might share funny memories with friends. Did you know that laughter can help boost your immune system and help relieve depression? It can help to protect your heart and amazingly it can give you a mini-work-out! Medical science says that laughter produces chemicals in our bodies that help relieve stress and enhances our physical and mental health. At a time, when the news is pretty bleak, we all need to have the opportunity to laugh and God positively encourages it. Solomon wrote in the Book of Proverbs chapter 17 verse 22 that 'A cheerful heart is good medicine’. So why not find something to make you laugh today and then share it with someone else?
Sunday 24 January Today, we continue our series of talks about worship. You may like to use Psalm 96 verses 1 - 9 as part of your personal worship time with your Heavenly Father. ‘Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing it everywhere around the world! Sing out his praises! Bless his name. Each day tell someone that he saves. Publish his glorious acts throughout the earth. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. For the Lord is great beyond description and greatly to be praised. Worship only him among the gods! For the gods of other nations are merely idols, but our God made the heavens! Honour and majesty surround him; strength and beauty are in his Temple. O nations of the world, confess that God alone is glorious and strong. Give him the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come to worship him. Worship the Lord with the beauty of holy lives’. Psalm 96 verse 1 – 9 Living Bible
Monday 25 January Do you ever wonder what your purpose in life is? In Luke’s Gospel we read about a lady called Anna. She was an elderly lady who had been widowed for many years. She devoted her life to serving God in the temple by worshipping, praying and serving others. On the day Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple as a baby, Anna, saw child and, along with Simeon, praised God for this very special child. Her work for God didn’t finish there though. She then went on to tell others about this child of God. Irrespective of age, we do not know what God has in store for us. You may feel too young or too old to take on something new, not good enough, not in the right place..... We can all come up with good excuses. However, whatever God has in store for us it is sure to be very special. Let’s pray though that we are ready to respond when God nudges us. To read the story of Anna go to Luke chapter 2 verses 36-38
Tuesday 26 January ‘Tears fall for a reason and they are your strength not weakness’. * ‘Jesus wept’. John chapter 11 verse 35 *The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy 2019
Wednesday 27 January Today, as we hear of more than 100,000 deaths in the United Kingdom from Corona virus, let’s look forward to the day when, ‘God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation chapter 21 verse 24 (NIV) Please pray for those who have lost loved ones over the last few months.
Thursday 28 January Travelling on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) can be daunting, when you travel on it for the first time. It opened on 31 August 1987 and is an automated light metro system. In other words, there is no driver. There is no driver’s cab and if you are feeling adventurous, you can sit at the very front watching the world go by. Life can be a bit like the DLR, travelling along with no driver. You may feel it’s like that now. You don’t know where you are going, what is going to happen next and how you are going to manage. Thankfully as Christians, we have a driver who is in control and knows our destination. God knows what he is doing, his thinking is different to ours and his ways are so much better. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (ESV). Isaiah chapter 55 verses 8 and 9
Friday 29 January The other day, I was watching a magpie building its nest right at the top of a tree. It was certainly making sure it’s young would be safe from predators and comfortable. As I continued walking, I couldn’t help thinking there was a verse in the Bible about birds and their nests so when I got home, I looked it up. “Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Jesus, ‘Lord, I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” Luke chapter 9 verse 58 This passage is about the ‘cost of discipleship’. The man mentioned in the verse wanted to follow to Jesus but was he really prepared for it? Jesus went where there was a need, regardless of circumstances. He had no home comforts. He was one hundred percent devoted to the task. Are we?
Saturday 30 January John Ellerton wrote the familiar hymn, ‘The Day Thou Gavest Lord in Ended’. The third verse is particularly powerful. ‘As over continent and island The dawn leads on another day, The voice of prayer is never silent Nor do the praises die away.’ Wow! Today, all over the world, at this very moment, people are praying and those prayers never stop.
Sunday 31 January 'Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Matthew 16:24 ESV Enjoy praising God in this uplifting song by Keith and Kristyn Getty.
Lift high the name of Jesus, Of Jesus our King. Make known the power of His grace, The beauty of His peace. Remember how His mercy reached And we cried out to Him. He lifted us to solid ground, To freedom from our sin. Oh sing my soul, And tell all He's done, Till the earth and heavens are filled with His glory You can go onto YouTube to sing along.
Monday 1 February ‘I’m not good enough’. I can’t do that. I don’t have the experience. The other person is better’. At some point in our lives, we will all have had thoughts similar to the ones mentioned. But we need to learn to block out these negative thoughts and hold onto the positive ones. Each one of us is special with our own unique personality, skills and talents. Psalm chapter 119 verses 73 and 74 remind us that, ‘You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word’.
Think positive thoughts about yourself today and when you reach the end of the day thank God that you are special to him and unique.
Tuesday 2 February 'Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices'. St. Teresa of Avila
Wednesday 3 February When you walk through a storm, Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark, At the end of the storm is a golden sky. And the sweet silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain, Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown, Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, And you’ll never walk alone. You’ll never walk alone' * Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ * Written by Rogers and Hammerstein
Thursday 4 February Hellebore are amazing plants. They rest in the summer and are very quick to let you know when they need a drink. However, they also cope with gale force winds, heavy snow falls, endless rain and frosty conditions. These precious plants take an amazing battering but their flowers are still one of the first to open out and give such pleasure, despite it still being midwinter. Like the hardy Hellebore our lives are full of battles and blessings. Sometimes we have to cope with one battle after another followed by times of special blessings. Sometimes we manage battles and blessings at the same time. Whatever you are experiencing at the moment, remember God is alongside you, watching over you and there to listen. Psalm 16 verse 8 says, 'I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken'.
Friday 5 February I got up early one morning And rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish, That I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me And heavier came each task; ‘Why doesn’t God help me?’ I wondered. He answered, ‘You didn’t ask.’ I wanted to see joy and beauty, But the day toiled on grey and bleak. I wondered why God didn’t show me, He said, ‘But you didn’t seek.’ I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, ‘My child, you didn’t knock.’ I woke up early this morning, And paused before entering the day. I had so much to accomplish That I had to take time to pray. Author unknown.
Saturday 6 February Did you know that Dunbar is fondly known as ‘Sunny Dunny’ because it enjoys the most hours of sunshine of any town in the UK? Well, the sun has definitely not been in evidence over the last few days. It has been raining constantly for at least 36 hours and the forecast is not good. Puddles are growing by the minute; footpaths are now small burns and burns that once flowed underground are coming up to the surface. It's wet! As I was watching the rain lashing down yesterday, I was reminded of a lovely verse in the Bible, 'From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised'. Psalm 113 verse 3 So despite the continuing rain, here's a challenge for today. Heavenly Father, yesterday was good because ........'
Sunday 7 February
'For I’m building a people of power
For I’m making a people of praise
That will move through
this land by My Spirit
And will glorify
My precious Name
Build Your church Lord
Make us strong Lord
Join our hearts Lord
Through Your Son
Make us one Lord
In Your body
In the kingdom of Your Son'
Monday 8 February Life is not what we would consider to be ‘normal’ at the moment and we don’t know when or if it will return to the way it was twelve months ago. Many things will be different and perhaps some things will never be the same again. As Christians though we do know the certainty that Christ came to save us from our sins and promised us eternal life. Salvation is: a gift of abundant mercy from God, a guaranteed inheritance to those who seek forgiveness, in God’s trustworthy and safe hands. Yesterday, Gordon introduced us to the Book of First Peter where one of the themes in ‘our salvation’. To find out more, why not listen to or read his talk.
Tuesday 9 February 'As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it' Isaiah chapter 55 verses 10 and 11 God's word changes the world. It provides salvation and judgement. When we speak to others about Christ it is a life-changing moment for that person. God's word will do something. It's up to the listener to respond.
Wednesday 10 February There are many women mentioned in the Bible but perhaps one of the most famous is Ruth. Ruth and her mother-in-law were living in a foreign land, without money or protection after their husbands died. The situation seemed hopeless so Naomi, decides to go home to Bethlehem. She tries to persuade Ruth to return to her own home but Ruth says, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!” Ruth 1:16-17 What amazing friendship, loyalty and commitment and there is a happy ending. Why not read the whole story? It’s one of the shortest books in the Bible.
Thursday 11 February Life is full of exchanges. We exchange money for our shopping. We exchange a ticket for a train or bus journey. When we buy clothes, we may need to exchange them for a smaller or larger size. We give something so that we can get something in its place. Christ came to this world and exchanged his life for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Can we afford to ignore this exchange? I have come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly John 10:10.
Friday 12 February Don’t say to God, ‘I have big problems’ Say to your problems, ‘I have a big God’. “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” Matthew 11:28–30.
Saturday 13 February Do you know how bubbles form? I decided the other day to look it up on Google. (Don’t ask me why.) The first definition came up as, ‘A bubble is a group of people with whom you have close contact’. Well, no actually, that wasn’t quite what I had in mind! I had to scroll down a bit further to discover that bubbles are soap films wrapped around air. God is a bit like a bubble. He surrounds us with love throughout life and thankfully doesn’t burst when we hit hard times or go off on our own ways. He wants the best for each one of us and just wants us to love him back. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. John chapter 3 verse 16
Sunday 14 February Today, many people will be celebrating St Valentine’s Day and the loving relationships they have with others. Let’s celebrate the God of Love and remind ourselves what true love really is. ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres’. 1 Corinthians 13 verses 4 - 7 Love divine, all loves excelling by Charles Wesley
Monday 15 February A young boy was walking through the woods yesterday. There is still a lot of snow around and he was walking on, what he thought, was solid ground. What he did not know was that under the snow there was a very black and muddy hole. He slid into it and then couldn’t get out. Fortunately, someone was close by and pulled him out, along with his wellington boots. Life can be a bit like this young boy’s experience. We are confident in what we are doing. All is going well and then something happens that makes us realise that life is not as straight forward as it seems. Over the last few months, we can all relate to this experience. One day life was ‘normal’ and the next day it was anything but. Thankfully as Christians we know that God is in control. If you feel your life is out of control and you are ‘stuck in the mud’ take some time to commit today to your Heavenly Father. 'The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe'. Proverbs 18 verse 10
Tuesday 16 February Today is Shrove Tuesday. The word ‘shrove’ comes from the word ‘shrive’ which refers to the confession of sins as Christians prepare for Lent. Lord, when the darkness of my doubts robs me of the light of your promises, when my focus on what I cannot do prevents me from seeing what You can do through me, when my vision becomes clouded with prejudices so that I cannot see that I are being more judgmental than conciliatory, when I say what should not be said and fail to say what needs to be said, when I forget about commitments I have made and leave undone what I should do, when my faith becomes feeble and my courage fails, when I find it hard to trust and difficult to obey; Lord forgive me. Give me hope by filling me with the assurance of your love now and forever. Amen. Joy Kingsbury-Aitken
Wednesday 17 February Today is the first day of Lent. Over the next 40 days, Christians all over the world spend time reflecting on their Christian journey and make a conscious effort be closer to their Heavenly Father. Before you begin your journey of reflection and prayer, why not ask yourself these questions? What does it mean to you, to follow Christ? How is God real to you? Who helps you in your journey with Christ? What can you do to draw closer to Christ during this period of Lent? If you have not already made a commitment to follow Christ, what is stopping you?
Thursday 18 February “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” G.K. Chesterton 'And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love'. 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 13
Friday 19 February No matter what today brings, remember you are unique and special to God and he loves you no matter what. 'Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever'. Psalm 136 verse 26
Saturday 20 February Starting an exercise programme can be fun, exciting and challenging. You go out and buy the right gear and attend classes with enthusiasm. As the weeks and months go by, having the self-discipline and motivation to keep going can be hard. We often need the encouragement of family, friends or perhaps personal trainers. Our Christian lives can be a bit like our exercise programme. We begin with enthusiasm but when things start to get tough it’s not always so easy. We need the support of our Christian friends and family to help us but we also need to take time out to be with our Heavenly Father. Lent is the perfect time to refresh our Christian journey. ‘Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint’ Isaiah 41 verse 31
Sunday 21 February 'Be still, for the presence of the Lord, The holy One, is here; Come bow before him now With reverence and fear In him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground. Be still, for the presence of the Lord, The holy One, is here. Daniel J Evans He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46 verse 10
Monday 22 February As you read these verses from Psalm 91 (verses 14 - 16), why not put your own name in where it mentions ‘he’ or ‘him’?
Tuesday 23 February Why do power cuts invariably happen in the evening when it is dark and rarely during the day when it is light? Once you realise that it is a power cut you then find the torch that has no batteries in it or a candle but can’t find any matches. It can be a stressful time, but once you have that small amount of light you can begin to relax. You can see where you are going. Thankfully Jesus came to our world to reassure us that He is the light of the world. His light never goes out and he is reliable, trustworthy and consistent. He came to give us life beyond the grave and help us understand how much our Heavenly Father loves us. We just need to have faith and trust in him. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk-in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John chapter 8 verse 12
Wednesday 24 February Isaiah chapter 40 verses 28-31 taken from The Message ‘God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind’.
Thursday 25 February Jesus often used stories as a way of helping to explain to others what he meant. In Luke’s Gospel chapter 14 verses 15 – 24, Jesus tells the story of the Great Banquet. In the parable, He tells of a man who sent out invitations to come and share his meal. Sadly, they all said they could not come, giving very flimsy excuses. The host was angry but not put off. The meal was ready and he was not going to waste it. He asked his servants to go into the town and the countryside and invite ‘the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame’ (verse 21). The host was determined that ‘not one of those invited will get a taste of my banquet’ (verse 24). Jesus is inviting us to his Great Banquet. Whether we accept or refuse, the party will happen when Christ returns. Will you be present at the banqueting table or the one making excuses?
Friday 26 February God is more concerned about our future than he is about our past! “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!" Isaiah 43 verses 18 and 19b
Saturday 27 February If you are a runner or walker, reaching a long, straight, flat section of road can be disheartening and boring. A few inclines, declines and bends always adds interest to the journey. God never promises us a life that is simple and straightforward. There will always be ups and downs and unexpected challenges. God promises us that, ‘Every test that comes upon you is normal for human beings. But God is faithful: he won’t let you be tested beyond your ability. Along with the testing, he will provide the way of escape, so that you can bear it’. 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 13
Sunday 28 February 'O worship the King all-glorious above verses 1 and 4' Robert Grant
Monday 1 March 'This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it'. Psalm 118 verse 24 Today is the first day of Spring and it is a glorious day in Dunbar. There isn't a cloud in the sky and the sun is shining down on the frosty grass. What an amazing world we live in. Thank you Heavenly Father for this new day and your wonderful creation.
Tuesday 2 March As you walk along a pebble beach you can admire the wide variety of stones that the sea has washed up. They are all different shapes and sizes and they don’t fit together. You soon discover this when you try walking on them. It’s hard to keep your balance and it is not particularly comfortable to walk on. The pebbles on the seashore would not be much use to a builder trying to build a house. In 1 Peter chapter 4, Peter describes Jesus as being the ‘living stone’ and we are ‘living stones.’ He is the foundation stone and we are the building blocks that come together to build God’s spiritual home. Find out more about Jesus as a living stone by listening to Gordon’s talk last Sunday and perhaps ask yourself, ‘How can my life and actions fit in with what God has already started doing in the world through Jesus?
Wednesday 3 March ‘God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.” And there it was. Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all varieties And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts. God saw that it was good’. Genesis chapter 1 verses 11 – 13 The Message Today is World Wildlife Day. This year the United Nations are encouraging us to think about ‘Forests and livelihoods: sustaining people and planet’. They are highlighting the important role of forests, forest species and ecosystems in helping to sustain the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally and in particular indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas. In this world, created by our Heavenly Father, we have a responsibility to care for our planet and those who live on it.
Thursday 4 March ‘I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength’. Philippians chapter 4 verse 13 Why not try this out? Read the verse out loud. The first time emphasise the first word i.e. I. The second time emphasise the second word i.e. can. The third time emphasise the third word i.e. do Continue until you read the last word. Wow!
Friday 5 March When things are going well, we don't always recognise that God is working in us. When you get a moment to yourself today, spend some time thinking about how God has influenced your life and changed you. Have there been particular moments when you have known God has been at work in your life? 'For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him'. Philippians chapter 2 verse 13
Saturday 6 March When someone trips and falls over in the street there is usually someone nearby to reassure them, get help or give them a hand to get back up onto their feet. In our Christian lives we fall over so often but thankfully Christ is there to pick us up, if we ask for help. 'But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up'. Mark chapter 9 verse 27 Heavenly Father, take my hand and help me to stand strong and steady for you. I can't do anything without you.
Sunday 7 March 'God's spirit is in my heart He has called me and set me apart This is what I have to do What I have to do. He sent me to give good news to the poor Tell prisoners that they are prisoners no more Tell blind people that they can see, And set the downtrodden free And go tell everyone The news that the kingdom of God has come Just as the Father sent me So I'm sending out to be My witnesses throughout the world The whole of the world Don't worry what You have to say Don't worry because on that day God's spirit will speak in your heart'
Monday 8 March Listening to the weather forecast this morning is not good news. It will be dry today but on Thursday we will have damaging gale force winds. Do I change my plans for today or do I hope the forecasters have got it wrong? We spend our lives worrying about the simple things and yet God tells us time and again, don’t worry. Let’s be thankful for each moment that we have today and let God worry about our future. After all, the Psalmist says, ‘This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it’. Psalm 118 verse 24
Tuesday 9 March Psalm 8 Let's thank God today for his amazing world and make a conscious effort to care for this planet.
Wednesday 10 March Did you know that today is the International Day of Awesomeness? I have to admit I only discovered it when I was looking for something completely different. Apparently, the International Day of Awesomeness gives us the opportunity to celebrate every person, place, thing, or idea in the world that is awesome. As the official tag line points out, “No one’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” Not a bad mantra. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans chapter 5 verse 8. Now, that is awesome!
Thursday 11 March Scotland has a wealth of different types of bridges. There’s the Kylesku Bridge from mainland Scotland to the Isle of Skye, the Tay Rail Bridge that has such a sad history or perhaps the Squiggly Bridge in Glasgow. Much nearer to home in Dunbar is the Forth Bridge, an iconic structure known the world over. What they all have in common is that they link one piece of land to another. If the bridge wasn’t there it might be impossible to get over or it would certainly make the crossing much harder. Imagine a valley. God is on one side and we are on the other side. The only way we can reach God is to place the cross of Christ between us and God. When Christ died for us, he made sure that ‘nothing can separate us from the love of God’. ‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’. Romans 8:38-39
Friday 12 March Two young children are on their way to school and they are carrying rucksacks on their backs. I wonder what they have in them? Lunch box, a water bottle, pencil case, reading book and perhaps something precious to show their teacher. It looks heavy. Are you carrying a heavy weight on your back today? Is it slowing you down? Are you feeling increasing tired carrying that weight knowing that its not going to get any lighter? Jesus asks you a question and makes a suggestion. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 18 verses 28 - 30
Saturday 13 March You may like to use these verses as your prayer for today. Psalm 139 verses 1-6 ‘You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain’.
Sunday 14 March ‘I will worship with all of my heart I will praise you with all of my strength I will seek you all of my days I will follow all of your ways I will give you, all my worship I will give you, all my praise You alone, I long to worship You alone, are worthy of my praise I will bow down and hail you as king I will serve you; I will give you everything I will lift up my eyes to your throne I will trust you; I will trust you alone’ By Kranthi
Monday 15 March What a beautiful morning. Spring is definitely on its way. The snowdrops are passing, the daffodils are out and the tulips are not far behind. There is a sense of hope that better weather is on its way and there is an opportunity for a fresh start. Sometimes though we need to be patient. Our weather in Scotland can be fickle and perhaps things don’t happen as quickly as we would like. Our lives can be fickle too. We want things to happen immediately but that does not always happen. We need to be patient. God will get there is his own time. ‘Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains’. James chapter 5 verse 7
Tuesday 16 March Perhaps you do not have a head for heights. Maybe it’s mice and spiders. Perhaps you are scared for the future. Hold on to the reassurance that: ‘The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid’. Hebrews chapter 13 verse 6
Wednesday 17 March How’s your prayer life? Remember, you don’t need to find a quiet place to pray, you don’t have to get down on your knees to talk with a father who loves you. You don’t need to use old-fashioned words that you never use in your day-to-day life. All God want you to do is to talk to him. Tell him what is going well, share with him the tough times and thank him for the many blessings he has given you. We fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen”. 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 18
Thursday 18 March 'An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips'. Proverbs chapter 24 verse 26
Friday 19 March Before You I kneel, my Master and Maker To offer the work of my hands. For this is the day You've given You're servant; I will rejoice and be glad For the strength I have to live and breathe; For each skill Your grace has given me; For the needs and opportunities That will glorify You great Name'. A beautiful song with amazing words by Keith and Krystyn Getty.
Saturday 20 March Today there is almost a perfect balance of daytime and night time all around the world. Having spent a winter of snow, ice, gale force winds and lockdowns there is a hope that spring is finally on its way and with it comes new birth and renewal. But there is a greater hope. Our Heavenly Father brings us hope for a better future and for eternal life. 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit'. Romans chapter 15 verse 13
Sunday 21 March All things bright and beautiful
Monday 22 March Watching a child have a temper tantrum can be upsetting. The child is frustrated that they can’t do what they would like to do and often are at an age when they can’t express their frustrations other than by stamping their feet on the ground. A caring, patient and loving adult can help to resolve the situation. Showing anger as adults can be hurtful, not only to those on the receiving end but also to the person themselves. We can say things we don’t mean and at worst our actions can cause injury and damage. In the Bible, James reminds us: ‘My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires’. James 29 verse 1 verses 19 - 20
Tuesday 23 March Today marks the first anniversary of the national lockdown to try to suppress Covid 19. It was a strange day. One of disbelief, anxiety and uncertainty. It’s possibly safe to say that none of us had experienced anything like it before. And yet, we quickly adapted. Masks became the norm and social distancing and shielding were new phrases in our vocabulary. One year on, thanks to the skill and expertise of researchers and medical teams, we are slowly seeing improvements. Using existing medications have helped to reduce the effects of the virus, researchers have developed effective vaccines and death rates are dropping significantly. But it has come at a huge cost. Many are beginning this new morning knowing that a loved one is no longer with them or is suffering long-term effects. It has been life-changing for so many. As Christians, we are so thankful for the hope that we have in a risen Christ. One who is in control and watching over us. Life is no longer as we use to know it, but, ‘Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever’. Hebrews chapter 13 verse 8
Wednesday 24 March We do not use the word ‘joy’ much these days. One dictionary suggests that joy is ‘a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated’ The Bible says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 May your day be full of joy.
Thursday 25 March Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me Let there be peace on earth The peace that was meant to be With God as our father Brothers all are we Let me walk with my brother In perfect harmony Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now With every step I take Let this be my solemn vow To take each moment And live each moment In peace eternally Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me Vince Gill
Friday 26 March Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Psalm 91 verses 1-2 NIVUK
Saturday 27 March ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. Genesis 1 verse 1 ‘Tonight at 8.30 pm, people around the world will switch off their lights to call attention to climate change. The climate crisis continues due to the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature. Natural systems are vital for all our futures – and yet, the rate of global loss of nature during the past 50 years is unprecedented in human history. Nature not only provides us with food, water, clean air, and other services it is also one of our strongest allies against climate change. Protecting nature is one of the most immediate, powerful, and cost-effective solutions to the climate crises. Adapted from Earth Hour As Christians, let us not forget our responsibility to protect our planet.
Sunday 28 March Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You We turn to You Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You We long for You When we see You We find strength to face the day In Your presence all our fears Are washed away, washed away Hosanna, Hosanna You are the God who saves us Worthy of all our praises Hosanna, Hosanna Come have Your way among us We welcome You here, Lord Jesus Hear the sound of hearts returning to You We turn to You In Your kingdom broken lives are made new You make all things new Brenton Brown
Monday 29 March How often do we feel that we need to press the reset button on our lives or in tricky situations? Things have not worked out the way we hoped, everything is a mess and if only I could go back and start again! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, ‘If anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!’ (ICB).
Tuesday 30 March It’s that time of year again. The greenhouse is filling up with young tomato plants, sweet pea seedlings and packets of seeds. The snag is that if we don’t plant the seeds in those packets, nothing will happen and we will not be able to enjoy the flowers or vegetables later on in the year. 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 6 says, ‘Whoever sows generously will also reap generously’. If we don’t share the good news of the Easter story people will never hear it.
Wednesday 31 March Gordon's message to you from his Palm Sunday sermon. Jesus entered the turmoil of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He is the “one who comes in the name of the Lord” – this is the one who will rise to new life on the third day and He wants to know if each of us want to rise and be with Him for all eternity – in fulfilment of the Gospel He preached and left with us to make our own decision. May this Holy Week be a truly rich blessing to you and your loved ones. You can follow the whole sermon here Sunday 28 March
Thursday 1 April Today is Maundy Thursday. Maundy comes from the Latin word: mandatum. Mandatum means a command or perhaps “mandatory” – something we must do. Jesus gave three commands, the day before he died: 1) to remember him in with bread and wine; 2) to love others as He loves us; and 3) to be humble to others. Lord, may we never forget what you have done for us, may we love others unconditionally and may we be humble in all we do.
Friday 2 April For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him’. John chapter 3 verse 16
Saturday 3 April Living He loved me Dying He saved me Buried, He carried my sins far away Rising, He justified freely forever One day He's coming Oh glorious day
Christ died so that you and I could be saved from our sin and have eternal life.
Sunday 4 April Up From The Grave He Arose, With A Mighty Triumph Over His Foes; He Arose A Victor From The Dark Domain, And He Lives For Ever With His Saints To Reign He Arose! He Arose! Alleluia! Christ Arose! A very Happy Easter from the Dunbar Parish Church family.
Monday 5 April During his life, Jesus met people from all walks of life. Those who were ill, fraudsters, elderly, children, murderers and many others. After he rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he continued to meet with others including Mary, Joanna, Peter and the disciples. Jesus had a huge impact on each person he met and he still does to this day. Take some time over the next few days, to consider the impact Jesus has had on your life. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John chapter 11 verse 25
Tuesday 6 April ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’. Philippians chapter 4 verses 6 and 7
Wednesday 7 April ‘Hold on, encourage each other and look to the future’. For the last few months, we have been staying at home and not visiting anyone outside our own family or ‘bubble’. It’s not easy as we all want to spend time with friends and loved ones. It would be very easy to start questioning our faith and whether God is really in control. ‘Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching’. Hebrews 10 verses 24-25
Thursday 8 April Do you enjoy reading? Some people love it and always have a book to read on the train, before going to sleep at night or when they get some time during the day. Others are just not interested finding the whole process boring and a waste of time. In Psalm 119, David wrote, 'Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path'. verse 105 Whether you enjoy reading books or not, take time to read the Bible. You can read short sections or a book at a time. If you struggle with it, there are a wealth of resources available to help you. No matter how you read it, you will receive encouragement and hope for the future. Why not find some time to listen to David Suchet reading the Easter story? www.youtube.com/user/wabbey1
Friday 9 April I watched a YouTube clip the other day where a Koala had got stuck in a net. The animal couldn’t move with the wire wrapped round it’s arms and legs. It sat patiently as it’s rescuer carefully removed each section of the net. As soon as the koala was free, it was off. Thankfully there was no lasting damage to the animal. Life can be a bit like the Koala trapped in the net. Our daily routines trap us in such a way that we no longer focus on what God wants for us. We make our own choices and go our own way. We are too busy doing ‘our own thing’ that we miss out on what God has in store for us. ‘My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare’. Psalm 25 verse 15
Saturday 10 April 'Almighty and everlasting God, ‘the life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.’ But You are forever, from everlasting to everlasting, and we put our trust in You for You have promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Loving Lord, in this last year, through the worst of a global pandemic, we’ve been face to face with our fragility and vulnerability, perhaps for some of us as never before. Against that backdrop of hurt and loss, we give you thanks for the life and service of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Some are called to the front of the stage, others to supporting roles and we rejoice in the way he supported Her Majesty the Queen through all of the years of her reign. We remember, too, his work supporting charities and, perhaps most memorably for young people for over sixty years, his patronage of The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. In this hour of loss, we offer our heartfelt prayers for Her Majesty and her family. Comfort them in their loss, bind up their wounds and grant them the consolation of a store of treasured memories. Grant Her Majesty the peace that comes from knowing you and which passes all understanding. These and all our prayers we ask in the name of Jesus, who through his life, death and resurrection offers us hope instead of despair, life instead of death. Amen'. The Moderator of the Church of Scotland 9 April 2021
Sunday 11 April Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit, Into every troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit; Let us find that promised rest. Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its Beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, Almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Suddenly return and never, Never more Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish, then, Thy new creation; Pure and spotless let us be. Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee; Changed from glory into glory, 'Til in heaven we take our place, Til we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise. Charles Wesley
Monday 12 April What an amazing morning! There is not a cloud in the sky, the sun is shining, the pink blossom is waving gently in the wind and the birds are singing happily. Each morning is different but so wonderfully made. What is equally amazing and wonderful is that God's love and mercy is never ending. We can rely on Him every day of our lives. Wow! The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3 verses 22 and 23
Tuesday 13 April Being a Christian is not always easy but in the Book of Peter we are encouraged to: live in harmony with each other have sympathy for one another love each other as brothers and sisters be compassionate be humble. It's very easy to write these words but to put them into practice can be a different story. Why not go to Gordon’s sermon on 1 Peter chapter 3 verses 8-15 (Sunday 11 April) to learn more about these verses?
Wednesday 14 April Over the last few months, we have all been aware of the importance of family and friends and the support that they give. They have given us words of encouragement, listened to our moans or perhaps just listened when we were frustrated or feeling fed-up. But have you found yourself saying, ‘I haven’t seen that person in ages?’ Why not get in touch today to find out how they are doing? You could be the one to listen, support and give words of encouragement. ‘I always thank God for you’. 1 Corinthians 1 verse 4
Thursday 15 April With this amazing weather we are experiencing at the moment, Belhaven Bay has been full of surfers and wild-water swimmers enjoying the sea (although it must be freezing!). People of all ages have been putting on their wet suits and paddling furiously to head out into deeper water to ‘catch a wave’. However, last week was a totally different story. The waves were huge. The spindrift coming off the tops of the waves were like feathery headdresses. The sound of the breakers was like thunder. They were mighty but not as mighty as our Heavenly Father. ‘Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty’. Psalm 93 verse 4
Friday 16 April 'Overwhelmed by love Deeper than oceans High as the heavens Every living God Your love has rescued me All my sin was laid On your dear son Your precious one All my debt He paid Great is your love for me No-one could ever earn your love Your grace and mercy are free Lord these words are true So is my love for You'.
Saturday 17 April 'The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him' Psalm 103 verses 15-17 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?' John 11 verse 25
Sunday 18 April In the tomb so cold they laid Him Death its victim claimed Powers of hell, they could not hold Him Back to life He came! Christ is risen! (Christ is risen!) Death has been conquered. (Death has been conquered.) Christ is risen! (Christ is risen!) He shall reign for ever Hell had spent its fury on Him Left Him crucified Yet, by blood, He boldly conquered Sin and death defied Now the fear of death is broken Love has won the crown Prisoners of the darkness listen Walls are tumbling down Raised from death to heaven ascending Love's exalted King Let His song of joy, unending Through the nations ring! Graham Kendrick
Monday 19 April 'God calls out to every human heart and longs to make a home in every human heart. But God waits for us to respond'. Stephen Cottrell 'This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven' Matthew 6 verse 1 0
Tuesday 20 April ‘But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me’. Micah chapter 7 verse 7 Micah had confidence in God and his HOPE was in the God he knew and trusted. C. S. Lewis wrote, “Hope is one of the theological virtues. It means a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” Our hope in God is not wishful thinking but something indeed that we are to do with gratitude and faith while hoping it helps us to be good witnesses for the Gospel.
Wednesday 21 April When someone says something to you or does something that is hurtful or perhaps you have done something that has got you into trouble, do you allow it to play on your mind for ages afterwards? It can almost seem as if it is eating away at you. If we cannot do anything about it, the Bible encourages us to forget and move on. ‘Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal’. Philippians chapter 3 verses 13 and 14. It can be easier said than done but with our Heavenly Father’s intervention, ‘all things are possible’.