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Reflection July 2020

House Martins show is there is a time for everything

Pamela Scott DCS 

In mid-June I saw the first House Martins in our area.  They may well have been here before, but I hadn’t seen them.  It is quite late for them to arrive in Scotland, with experts saying they arrive in April or May.  It was still very warm and dry, and I was aware of them darting about under the trees, feeding on the tiny flies there.  For at least five years now we have had a pair build a nest under the eaves of our house.  After they are finished with it, they always break it down leaving just a small amount of mud on the wall.  This year I noticed that they weren’t building, instead they were just flying around under the trees feeding furiously.

 

Then, about a week ago, the rain came, and boy did it pour.  I didn’t go out for two days but when I did, I saw a completed nest exactly where the others had been, with two House Martins dashing in and out with feathers to line the nest.  For about ten days they had spent the time feeding but with two days of rain, which provided all the mud they would need, they built a home.  The time and the conditions were exactly right for the building of a nest and they used it.

 

On seeing this, it got me thinking about how many times we force things to happen.  We try so many different ways, but none of them seem to be right.  To me watching the House Martins I was thinking the first thing I would have done was build a home, but what I didn’t realise was the conditions just weren’t right.  Their nests are made of mud, which was hard to find in the dry warm season we had experienced, but as soon as it started raining, they were off.  They knew that they would find lots of mud and they weren’t going to waste the time.  They also realised that they wouldn’t use nearly as much energy as if they had tried when the mud was not there.

 

We have lots to learn from the House Martins, not least knowing when it is right to do something.  In Ecclesiastes 3 it is written that, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.’

 

It would do us good to remember this and not use energy doing something that God doesn’t want us to do yet.

 

Amen

Reflection June 2020

 

 

Changing others

 

Reflection for June – Pamela Scott DCS

 

 

 

‘You can’t change someone who does not see an issue with their actions.  You can only change how you react to them.’

 

 

 

I saw this on Facebook today and thought how true it was.  Having been married for 31 years I can appreciate the validity of this statement.  When Gary and I were first married, I constantly heard myself saying things like ‘You left the toilet seat up again.’ ‘You left the top off the toothpaste.’ ‘I’ll change the loo roll again.’ ‘Can you not just pick up after yourself.’ ‘You left crumbs on the worktop.’ I could go on!!!  I certainly thought I could change my husband’s actions by nagging.  I realised that I was trying to change him but all the time he didn’t see a problem with what he was doing.

 

 

I then decided, that for my own sanity and our marriage, I had to change the way I reacted to him leaving the toilet seat up, leaving the top off the toothpaste, the empty loo roll, stuff lying around and crumbs on the worktop.  I made a decision not to mention it and just tidy up after him.

 

 

When I did this, I found myself to be much calmer and more relaxed.  As the years have passed, he now puts the toilet seat down, the top on the toothpaste and changes the loo roll.  I still pick things up after him and he still leaves crumbs on the worktop, but I live with this and pray that these things too will stop.

 

 

 

I have found as I have got older that if I want to live a peaceful life, I have to take responsibility for it.  I have to act in a way that creates peace in my life, I have to allow others to live their lives the way they want to and leave their actions to God. 

 

 

 

The way I have achieved peace in my live is to hand over things that irritate me or annoy me to God.  He is the one who provides Peace in my life.

 

 

 

God is the one who will provide PEACE in your life too.

 

 

 

It is possible if we remember what is written in Job 22:21-22

 

‘Your faith and your sincere effort to live according to God’s principles will grant you peace.’

 

 

 

Let’s all live according to God’s will and experience PEACE.

 

 

 

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection May 2020

 

Faith doesn’t have to be complicated - Reflection for May

 

Pamela Scott DCS

 

 

 

I don’t often get a chance to watch films due to evening meetings etc but during this time of Lockdown, if there is nothing worth watching on the TV (Let’s face it, that is most evenings!), then my husband and I will watch a film on Amazon Prime.  It was common practice that we always chose comedies as that was one genre we agreed on but as the time has gone on we watch many different films and enjoy most of them.  Last night we chose one called ‘Andy’s Rainbow’, I would advise if you get a chance to watch it, please do…it brought several, much-needed, tears to my eyes.

 

 

 

Without giving too much away it is about a young man, who has Special Needs and stays in a care home, and a young lady called Rayne, who has had a difficult upbringing and is undertaking community service at the home.  While she is working there, her and Andy strike up a friendship and during their time together finds in Andy a caring, thoughtful sole of deep, get simple faith.  He also has had a difficult life but sees the good in everyone, constantly looks at a children’s book about Noah and tells Rayne about Jesus and how everyone should be his friend.

 

 

 

As the film progressed, Andy told Rayne that he wasn’t frightened of going ‘HOME’ as he would meet his family who also had Jesus as their friend.  He was obsessed by rainbows and assured her that a rainbow was God’s promise that although things will be hard, God is always there to walk with you and help you cope.

 

 

 

As I have reflected on this film, I realise that we often try to complicate faith.  I personally spent seven years training to be a deacon.  We study, which isn’t bad in itself, but may make us then overcomplicate faith.  In Mark 10: 14-15, Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

 

 

 

Faith is not mainly intellectual.  It is a childlike act of trusting in Jesus.  The Christian faith is not contained in volumes of theology books or complex religious rules.  It is just the simple reality that “Jesus loves me; this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak but he is strong.”

 

 

 

It really is that simple.

 

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection April 2020

 

How did Jesus feel during Holy Week?

 

Pamela Scott DCS

 

 

 

Since we are now in Holy Week, I have been concentrating my reading around the final week of Jesus’ life.  It is a story, which is so vital to our faith and one we know so well.  That week from Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus riding on a donkey into Jerusalem.  I time where we can only imagine the scene, the noise, the exclamations of ‘Hosana’, the crowds watching this joyous occasion.  This leads on to the scene of Jesus being disgusted by the moneychangers and the merchants in the temple.  Yet again there would be crowds of people creating lots of noise.  Moving on to the scene where Jesus is with many friends and others enjoying a meal, during this meal a woman breaks open a bottle of Nard and pours it on his head.  At this meal there were many people, chatting, laughing, having a cheerful time.  We move on to the Thursday, known as Maundy Thursday, when Jesus celebrates the Passover meal with the 12 disciples.  The conversation became a bit more serious with Jesus explaining he would be betrayed, maybe some chatter to begin with, then quiet contemplation.  Then in the garden of Gethsemane, a place that Jesus should have been surrounded by his close friends but when he took Peter, James and John with him to pray they couldn’t even stay awake.  All he wanted was some support, he knew what was going to happen, he knew he would have to go through it alone so all he wanted was for them to keep watch while he prayed.  Jesus was then arrested, mocked, spat on, humiliated and much worse and during that time there was no-one he knew and trusted.  He was on his own when they crucified him.

 

 

 

I think about how Jesus went from being surrounded by many people he knew and trusted to being on his own.  In a way this is how many of us are feeling just now.  We used to be surrounded by people we know and trust, people we saw every day, every few days, every week, to being in a state of isolation.  Some being lucky to have family members in the same house others being completely on their own, almost feeling abandoned.  If we are lucky to get out, we may see others at a distance, through a window or over a fence but there is still that sense of being on your own.  This may give us a small insight into how Jesus was feeling.

 

 

 

We are fortunate that we do not have to go through what Jesus had to for us.  We do not have to die on a cross…he did!!!

 

 

 

We will come out the other side, we will be able to meet our family and friends, give them a hug.  In a way that is what happened on that first Easter morning, when Jesus rose from the dead to be with his friends again.  He could have meals with them, talk with them and journey with them.

 

 

 

What we have to remember is that in this time of difficulty, when we can’t meet who we would want to meet, talk face to face with those we want to, we have Jesus with us.  We may feel isolated from our family and friends, but He is there, always wanting to hear from us, always holding our hand, always surrounding us with his love. 

 

 

 

May we always know the peace of Christ.

 

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