Church of Scotland


Thought for the Week

Sunday, 22 November 2020

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.


Contemplating the upcoming celebration of Communion of The Lord’s Supper on Sunday 22nd November 2020, my mind drifted back to my first Communion on 3rd May 1964. The Rev. John Pool was minister at that time.
I thought of the lessons conducted in the Session House by Rev. Pool in preparation for my first Communion. I have never forgotten his ending sentence, “you will forget most of what I have said to you, but you will never forget the subject of the lessons”.
Psalm 139 and 1st Corinthians chapter 13. I never have and here is Psalm 139.

Lord you have examined me and you know me.
You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts.
You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions.
Even before I speak, you already know what I will say.
You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power, your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding.

Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I get away from your presence?
If I went up to heaven, you would be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead you would be there.
If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light round me to turn into night, but even
darkness is not dark for you and the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb
I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful, I know it with all my heart.
When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother’s womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there - you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began.
O God, how difficult I find your thoughts; how many of them there are! If I counted them, there would be more than the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you.

O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked! How I wish violent men would leave me alone! They say wicked things about you; they say evil things against your name.
O Lord, how I hate those who hate you! How I despise those who rebel against you! I hate them with a total hatred; I regard them as my enemies

Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me and discover my thoughts.
Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way.

There are some of the most beautiful and comforting words in this Psalm of David.
I find them comforting in times like these, when many of us seem isolated during this pandemic. Just to know that God is here for us caring for us, before birth until the time of our death. I find it a bit difficult when David asks God to kill the wicked but when we remember that David was going through difficult times when he wrote that part then being human he had to vent his feelings at that time. 
I find the last two sentences a plea from all of us to our Lord and Saviour.


Perhaps you might like to read 1st Corinthians chapter 13 for yourselves. Another inspiring message from Paul presenting love as the best of God’s gifts to us.