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Bible Focus - 27th September 2015

posted 1 Oct 2015, 13:13 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks   [ updated 1 Oct 2015, 13:15 ]

This week will be the 47th year as Celebrant at Harvest Thanksgiving services.

            Most of them, were times of great joy gratitude, thankfulness to the Divine Creator. What joy to see the house of God transformed with glorious colours and decorative floral art.

            To see the faces of young offenders light up as they were given a gift from the table, expressing God’s love;- to hear the profound thanks for one in an eventide home as she smelt the perfumed rose;- to see the reaction of a 90 year old saying thankfully that her church has not forgotten her;-all these rich blessings indeed.

The same will happen again this year.

            But this year emotions are coloured by events on the world scale.  The dominant words abroad at the moment are;- Syria, terrorism, vandalised homes and devastated lives;- refugees, pain, fear of the unknown future, the hundred mile trek to be confronted with a police blockade or a barbed wire fence; man’s inhumanity to man.( and women and children !!! )- or, much worse, prospect of death in a cold ocean.

            While, in our hearts, there is thankfulness for all our blessings, our minds and hearts are racked by pain at the bitterness, the hatred, the wanton wastage of life all across Europe, that afflicts our fellow humans.

            It is not going to be too easy to be joyful in the Harvest seasons when such emotions surface.

            This year we must pray for a different harvest from the usual. Pray for a harvest of tents and repaired houses.

            Instead of grapes and bananas ask for a harvest of clean water and medical supplies.

Ask for waves of compassion from all countries involved in works of mercy. Ask for a safe bed and restful sleep for terrified children. Ask for hearts of love to replace the wickedness of barbaric terrorism. Pray for a harvest of the peace of God that passes all understanding.

(Rev W Izett)