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Wednesday Reflection for the 17th April

Thinking about support (by Susan Brown)

We continue to support our chosen church charity – The Thistle Foundation. We have heard about the wonderful support they offer to individuals, with long term conditions, through their Wellbeing hub and their outreach work. We look forward to hearing more about them in the near future.

It made me think about who we have to support us? Take a minute to think about, and thank, those who support you on a daily basis with many aspects of your life – be that family and friends, both near and far; colleagues at work when you are having a tough day and need some encouragement; healthcare and social care professionals when we are not feeling or coping as well as we would hope to; and those in our church community.

The mission of our church is to be an effective Christian presence in our community, reaching out in love and service to our parish and beyond. We have the strength from our Lord to enable us to do this.

Once you have thought about who is there to support you, think about how you can support others. You may not feel you have much to offer to support others but often it’s the little things that really make the difference. This can be as simple as praying for someone who needs strength at a difficult time, sharing your story to assure them they are not alone, or pointing them in the direction of a prayer or reading that has helped you.

A few verses from the ‘The Servant Song’ appear very fitting here:

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
When you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
‘Til we’ve seen this journey through.

And a very timely prayer from the Church of Scotland: