9th September 2020
Do you need a Polish up?
PONDER – Whoever first thought of producing glass coloured with pigment must have had a wonderful gift of imagination. No more dull, grey, see-through glass but a bright array of reds, yellows, blues and greens.
From Cathedral windows to children’s kaleidoscopes. From brightly coloured glass which tells beautiful Biblical stories – to amazing patterns to our delight and joy.
But for as lovely and colourful as stained glass may be – it is fragile and vulnerable. Just like you and I.
We can have a bright appearance and shine a colourful light to the world outside, but inside we are all susceptible to anxiety, apprehension and self doubt.
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.”
(Philippians 4:6-7 from ‘The Message’ Version)
REFLECT – I know it is easy to say “trust God” when things are going well – but when things aren’t going so well, it is not so easy to do.
It takes courage and a good amount of trust and determination to admit that we are broken and in need of help – but we all do at times, there’s no shame in that.
Whether you are really down or just a wee bit shaky,
open your heart and your mind – God is there for you, for each of us – ready to put you back together again and polish you so that you can face the world once more – and step up and shine out.
READ – “ 7This precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God.”
(2nd Corinthians 4: 6 – from ‘The Living Bible’)
PRAY – Holy, heavenly father, I thank you for making me special and unique. There is only one of me and I have all your love and your support each day of my life. Thank you for lifting me up when I stumble – and for smiling with me in happier days.
May I remember to give you all the praise for all you do for me – and may I shine rays of light and love on to others to enhance their lives, just as you have enhanced mine. I am so blessed, thank you.
Have a good Week