Thought for the Week, March 26 2021

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Turn! Turn! Turn! (To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven) – this song by the Byrds is based on the words of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.

As our seasons turn from winter to spring our world is literally turning back towards the sun to give us lovely long, bright days.

The season of living under lockdown due to Covid-19 looks to be turning too and restrictions are going to slowly be lifted to allow us to get back to normality, whatever that is.

As we begin to wonder what this new post-Covid life will be like, we have time to reflect on what we have learnt about what really matters in life while unable to live the way we had before.

I wonder what you have missed most during the times of lockdown? I wonder what have you not missed? And finally, I wonder what it is time to let go of as we emerge from lockdown?

The words from the bible and the song remind us that to everything there is a time; we can’t do everything all the time; now is the time for sowing in the garden; later we will reap what we sow. I wonder what seeds have been sown in you during lockdown?

I hope that we will all have new growth as we move forward individually and together, for perhaps what lockdown has taught me the most is that we need each other.  I hope that we continue to remember this as we get back to whatever new normal life is going to be.

Reverend Lyn Peden, Church of Scotland, Skipness linked with Tarbert Loch Fyne and Kilberry.