Thought for the Week, January 1 2021

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For the past 11 years this column has been faithfully written by Marilyn Shedden, who has now decided to hang up her digital pen and pass on the task to others.

We must thank Marilyn for her dedicated work in bringing an uplifting word to many in the area and beyond. Many people will have been blessed by her words over the years. Our thanks go to her at this time.

New year, new hope

We are all pleased to see the end of 2020. A year that saw so many things we took for granted taken from us – our normal family events, our employment and our interaction with our friends.

In true Kintyre style, we found ways of minimising the effects of these disruptions by using technology, supporting the vulnerable and keeping in touch by telephone. But it was a scary time for all of us.

When this ‘Thought for the Week’ was in the planning stage, we imagined that in our corner of Scotland, in Kintyre, we would be well rid of strict lockdowns, have a low position on the tier system and life would be getting back to some sort of normality. We are not there yet.

When parents are bringing up children, they teach them by repetition – clean your teeth; tidy your bedroom; I love you, you are special.

God, as our Father, does exactly the same. In the Bible, more than 200 times He says: ‘Do not be afraid’ or phrases that mean this. Let us take this truth into the New Year with us.

Let us all pray that soon we can say we are not afraid and what a different year 2021 is.

‘Away, then all fears. The Kingdom is safe in the King’s hands,’ C H Spurgeon.

Springbank Evangelical Church, Campbeltown.