Church of Scotland


Thought for the Week

Saturday, 02 January 2021

We invite you to Pray through the Week with Dreghorn and Springside Parish Church.

Pray Through The Week



We in the Prayer Group provide this Thought for the Week. Hopefully it suggests a topic that we all may pray around each day during the week.

Isaiah 42:2 When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you


As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, are we glad to be leaving behind the first decade?

‘Unprecedented’, ‘never lived through a year like it’, ‘lockdown’, ‘furlough’, ‘the new normal’, ‘tiers’ and ‘restrictions’ – these are words we have all heard before (apart maybe from ‘furlough’), but words which we have been hearing continuously in a new context all through the year 2020 and in these first weeks of 2021.

For some, 2020 was a year that brought loss, illness, anxiety, loneliness and fear. For all, it was a year of restriction and missing our normal social interaction. We pray for comfort for those who have suffered loss, and healing for those who have suffered illness, and for contentment and courage for those who suffer anxiety, fear and loneliness.

Many things have changed, and we have missed many things, but it has also give us time to take stock of what is important, necessary, rather than just nice to have. Set against the things above, (restrictions, loss, illness, etc) does it really matter that we weren’t able to indulge in our normal ration of consumerism, buying things we don’t need, just because we see them, want them and we are privileged enough to have the spare money? Does it really matter that our hairstyle grew out, and we are again not able to have our regular pamper session at the hairdresser, we are not able to dine out as often, or to enjoy a pint in the pub.

Yes, many things have changed but, there is one thing which hasn’t changed – will never change – and that is the presence and the constancy of God. The same today, tomorrow and forever.

When we are in the depths of despair over the loss of a loved one, the fear of illness, or the over-whelming feeling of loneliness, nothing can stop us turning to Jesus. We can tell Him our feelings, our fears and our troubles. He will come. He may not give us exactly the answers we want, but He will give us a sense of comfort.

The end is in sight. We may still be in the darkest of days – but the dawn is coming.

I pray for strength for us all, that whatever you are feeling, you are able you speak to the Lord, our Saviour, and you will feel his blessing and His comfort, and as we enter into the second decade of the 21st century, we will be able to overcome the troubles that we experienced in 2020.