Good morning from a cold and snowy Renfrew .
I hope that you are keeping well and warm wherever you are. Today’s Reflection reminds us that as bad as things may get as we travel through life, lockdown and the everyday problems we all experience, our frame of mind is key to dealing with it all. Why not find a comfortable seat and take a few minutes to listen to today”s words which were written with you in mind, and I hope you will some food for thought and comfort which will help in these difficult times.
Take care, keep safe and God Bless. Iain
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10th February 2021
Good morning – and how are you..? I hope you are managing to keep warm in these cold, wintery conditions.
Do you remember the song “Always look on the bright side of life…”? I think it was sung by one of the Monty Python team.
It’s a catchy tune and great motto – but as we know, it’s a lot easier said than done.
“Always looking on the bright side of life…”?
I remember at College we were encouraged to read a book called “Never the less” which taught the reader to take every problem in his or her life, look at it honestly, and then say, “nevertheless,” and find some positive spin which will put the problem into perspective.
It might sound something like this: “I have a so much work to do over the next two weeks; nevertheless, after that my schedule is much more open, and I will be able to take some time out and get some extra rest.”
All mothers get weary from time to time and might say, “My children are driving me mad; nevertheless, I’m so blessed to have these children in my life, and I know there are families who can’t have children at all.”
A father or mother who has to work two jobs to make ends meet might say, “I am so tired of working all the time; nevertheless, I am thankful that God has provided me with regular work so I can pay the bills.”
I recently spoke to a lovely lady who’s husband had just passed on.
And for as sad as she was, she said “Yes Mr Ramsden, I miss him terribly – but nevertheless, I know that he is at peace now, no more pain or suffering – and that is a blessing.
She managed to find her ‘nevertheless’ even in the most difficult of circumstances. in life.
So, no matter who we are or what our challenge in life may be, there is always a “nevertheless”, some positive thing we can look at or talk about that brings the rest of life into perspective. Why don’t you try it?
The next time you are tempted to complain about your life, go ahead and express your complaint, and then say, “nevertheless,” and find something positive about your life to offset the complaint.
It might be something like – “I’m fed up with this lockdown’ , never the less, I think of all the kind people who are giving up their time to help us” – or “I hate being locked down, never the less, just think how great it’s going to be when it’s all over and we can meet up once more with family and friends again!”
You can trust in our Great God,
for no matter what you are going through in life, you can trust that God will be with you.
Think about your current situation and find your “nevertheless.”
Say it out loud, it’s good to acknowledge our frustrations – but then encourage yourself by finding the positive in each situation.
For every negative in life – there is a positive.
Even if, at times, it is hard to find.
Let us pray –
Almighty, all Loving God, we have so much to be grateful for – family, friends, a roof over our head, food on our table and so much more – all thanks to your great love for us. Help us to appreciate your goodness, and to be grateful for all that is good in the world and in our lives.
Guide us to focus on the positive rather than dwelling on the negative things which we all encounter, more especially in these difficult times.
Life may be difficult just now, not knowing what way to turn for help – never the less, we know we have a caring God who loves us and walks with us, giving us strength and confidence to face whatever life throws at us.
Remind us that you are with us 24/7 – your ‘all seeing eye’ is always watching over us – by day and by night.
After every storm there will be sunshine – even after the darkest night – you send us daylight.
After every sun set – there is a sun-rise.
Thank you so much for blessing us Lord – and we pray that you will bless our loved ones too – and all who need your loving care and kindness. Amen.
The words of the Prophet Isaiah were written around 2,800 years ago – and yet they could be talking to us today –
And perhaps you’ll not be surprised to hear – that actually, they are.
ISAIAH 9:1 tells us ~
“Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever.”
ISAIAH 41:13 says ~
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you”
Psalm 23: God says –
“Even though you walk through the valley of shadows – I will be with you”
For many – life isn’t good right now –
For all of us – life is not as we would like it to be – but, nevertheless – we have a great God who loves us and is with us each moment of each day.
How wonderful is that !?
Something for us to take time and Reflect upon – this week – and beyond.
Take care and may God Bless you – and may He bless your loved ones too.
I hope your week is going well – and please- keep safe.