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Midweek Thought for the Day

Robin has written, compiled, read and presented some thoughts for various days of the week. This page presents his thoughts on weekdays. You can find links to his reflections for Sundays by using the index on the right of the page.

The latest thoughts are at the top of the page or you can scroll down to read earlier entries.



Thought for Thursday 30th July

Readings for today

Isaiah 40: 28b-31

The LORD is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
    but those who hope in the LORD
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah, written 700BC)

“When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary; When troubles come and my heart burdened be; Then, I am still and wait here in the silence, Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains; You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas; I am strong, when I am on your shoulders; You raise me up: To more than I can be.” (You Raise me Up “Brendan Graham, written 2002)

Reflection

The Book of Isaiah continues to inspire, almost 3000 years after it was first written. It inspires because exploring the relationship between God and human beings will always be a source of wonder and fascination. The Word of God speaks to every generation anew, in word and song.

Prayer

Father God, thank you for our world you created out of love.

Jesus, Son of God, thank you for bringing Gods love to our world.

Holy Spirit, you for encouraging us to share Gods love for our world. Amen

Nancy Gilmartin


Thought for Tuesday 28th July

Readings for today

Hymn 191

When you walk through the waters, I'll be with you,
You will never sink beneath the waves…

When the fire is burning all around you,
You will never be consumed by the flames…

When the fear of loneliness is looming,
Then remember I am at your side…

When you dwell in the exile of a stranger,
Remember you are precious in my eyes…

You are mine, O my child; I am your father
And I love you with a perfect love…

Do not be afraid
For I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name;
You are mine.

Reflection

Not being able to sing together seems to me to be one of the hardest aspects of the Corona pandemic. This hymn we often sing is based on Isaiah 43 and it came to mind when Liverpool FC could not sing “You’ll never walk alone” at the moment of their recent success, for the message in both songs is very similar and familiar:

God is with us at every moment of our lives. He is walking beside us whatever happens, to give us support.

When we-and Liverpool -can sing again together, it will indeed be as if a storm has ended, but until then, we could take comfort in the reassuring words of this hymn.

Prayer

Father God, thank you that you are with us now as you have been since the beginning of the world.

Jesus, Son of God, walk with us now and every day of our lives.

Holy Spirit inspire our world to walk together in love. Amen

Nancy Gilmartin


Thought for Thursday 23rd July

Readings for today

Mark 2: 1-12: Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Reflection

Physical and mental well being are two side of the same coin, and in this reading, Jesus’ concern for the mental health of people he met, reminds us again that a mind overwhelmed with guilt, grief or regret can paralyse a life, putting everything on hold, then and now.

While many might struggle with the words “sin” and maybe even “Son”, Jesus’ message that forgiveness brings freedom to break free from whatever is holding us back, is one we may need to hear, now, more than ever.

Prayer

Father God forgive us and bring healing of mind and body.

Jesus, Son of God, help us to forgive others and accept their forgiveness.

Holy Spirit help us to listen for and understand the Word of God for us today. Amen

Nancy Gilmartin


Thought for Tuesday 21st July

Readings for today

Psalm 46:1 New International Version Bible

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Romans 1:12 Good News Bible

“What I mean is that both you and I will be helped at the same time, you by my faith and I by yours.”

Reflection

Our faiths, are partly formed by, our holy words long preserved which we all hold dear.

The other week, we had a power cut, which lasted most of the day. As my husband and I are both working from home, we soon realised that we were unable to continue our work – no power, no internet. Arghh! Ok then, lets’ have a coffee break instead. No power no boiling kettle. Let’s pop the TV on and amuse ourselves that way – no power, no TV. Let’s go and visit someone to fill some time and get a cuppa – oh no its lockdown and we are not allowed to go visiting and there are no coffee shops open…

Without power, we felt powerless, in lots of ways. And that’s how I am sure we all feel without our faith, we are powerless. We need that daily connection to our holy words. Daily connection to God. Our security in life that no matter what is going on in the world around us, he is our constant. We also need that connection to like-minded people, to be encouraged to keep on track with our faith, to keep practicing our faith in actions as well as self-nourishment. What an honour it is to be free to share our faith with others, in an environment that connections are there without question as we all have a faith and are accepted as we are.

Prayer

Lord, help us connect with you.

God, help us to connect with each other so we can connect better with you.

Holy Spirit, help us to connect with our neighbour and strangers, with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm.

Jesus, grant us the power to see your power in our world around us and to be able glorify your name with each other, neighbour and stranger, especially in these ever changing new times in which we live. Amen


Thought for Thursday 16th July

Readings for today

Luke 4: 16-21 Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Reflection

“Good news” is what we crave right now, for poor and rich alike, but it is not too easy to find. Maybe we all feel a bit like “prisoners”, maybe even “oppressed” by having to keep to rules that are ultimately for our own good. So at first reading this might comfort us.

But then and now, Jesus’ first words in public reveal his manifesto, which Christians try to bring into being. And it challenges us, as the words of Jesus always do. The bigger picture of Good news” cannot be just for us: it must include the whole world, and offer freedom and healing, health and justice for all, if these words are to be fulfilled.

Prayer

Father God be with us in our struggle to do what is right for everyone.

Jesus, Son of God, help us to follow you as best we can.

Holy Spirit help us to proclaim the Good News to our world. Amen.

Nancy Gilmartin


Thought for Tuesday 14th July

Readings for today

Deuteronomy 31:8 New International Version Bible

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version Bible

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

Reflection

At the moment a lot of us feel the uncertainty of transition. Transition and change is hard and at times we may feel overwhelmed as we feel that we are not in control of our lives. Transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability. Transition with how we do church, from coming together on a Sunday and sitting in pews to presently listening online or watching televised services. Transition as the Church of Scotland is evolving and changing, yet we don’t know how that will affect us personally. Transition as we move through another phase of lockdown. Perhaps for some of us, transition with our employment status, as many jobs are lost as a result of the economic climate. And transition to the ‘new normal’. Transition brings about an element of apprehension and anxiety.

No age is immune to transition we have been experiencing it since our early years. At this time of year, a popular song would be sung across the nation, as our children and grandchildren undertake transition, as they enter another stage of their education. The song; “One more step along the world I go, as I travel from the old to the new, keep me travelling along with you.” We are reminded in these words to reflect, recognise and reimagine our future, with the reassurance of our request to God, to walk with us on our journey; will be met. He takes our worries and fears away. The future is not so scary with God by our side.

Some transitions are good for us, if it were no so, God would not have gone before to detail us in his plan. For instance, for the majority; the new arrival of a baby into the family, ripples happiness across the generations; or promotion into a new role, so we can share our gifts and talents; or moving to a new home, giving us the opportunity to make new friends amongst our new neighbours. Transitions give us a chance to learn about our strengths and to explore what we really want out of life.

Prayer

Father God, we are pilgrims on a journey, and you are our companion on the road; please continue to walk the mile and bear our load, when life itself overwhelms us. Ease our anxieties and show us our strengths. Jesus hear our prayers as we face the ups and downs in life, give us peace and encouragement in the certainty that you are our constant as yesterday and today and forever. Keep us travelling along with you. Amen


Thought for Thursday 9th July

Readings for today

Proverbs 17:14 The Message Bible

The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before it bursts.

Ephesians 4:32 The Message Bible

Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

Reflection

At times in every family there are squabbles and I can only imagine that in some families during lockdown the squabbles may have been over small things but due to the frustration of being hemmed in with family, the squabbles may have intensified and magnified. Usually, the squabbles begin as a family member is anxious about something which is out of their control and in these uncertain times there is a lot out of our control. Hard though it is at times, we are encouraged by God to bite our tongue, take a deep breath and forgive. By casting all our anxieties on God, we will have peace because he cares for us and he is in control.

Prayer

Father, teach me your way to be patient, make me a channel of your peace.

God, grant me grace to quell the fear inside of others.

Lord, help me to walk in truth and speak out with love, gentleness and sensitivity. Amen


Thought for Thursday 2nd July

Readings for today

1 Thessalonians 5:11 The Message Bible

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

Reflection

During these past months of lock down, there have been pretty amazing things happening in Kirkcaldy and across Fife. The selfless acts have been awe inspiring. People have been helping their neighbours and strangers. Many people who are helping others, come from a faith background and do everything in love, seeking no reward or recognition for themselves. They go about their business without the publicity of social media or the press. For having first received love from God, they are able to share that love with others.

Doing good deeds, gives us at times, direct access to people whom we may not have had the opportunity to previously meet. It also gives us the opportunity to encourage others through our uniqueness of grace from God, we can make a real difference in people’s lives, by being with them on this journey of lockdown. A friendly telephone call can be so encouraging knowing that someone cares for us and we are not alone. We ourselves will get so much out of the connection and contact as encouraging words are exchanged.

Prayer

God of compassion, God of loving relationships, strengthen us in our daily living. Help to bind us together with our family, friends, neighbour and stranger, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Louisa Turner




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