Evening folks 13th April 2020
I wanted to drop a short email to you all, just to touch base and let you know that you are all very much in our prayers every day; in fact, I think prayerful concern has grown over these last few weeks in light of the limit placed on social contact. It's really strange not being able to meet up and especially strange not being able to be together at church. I know church is the people and not the building, but we stlll do need somewhere to meet as church, and with that being taken away for the time being and for a while yet, it is difficult.
However, I really pray that these strange days will be teaching us all what matters most to us. We take so much for granted and probably rely on lots of things in our daily routines which when that is interrupted or taken away leaves us wondering how we are going to manage.
This is why the fact that we can meet with the Lord every day where we are is so important. In Acts 7. 48-50 we read Stephen describing how God is not limited by location or lockdown: 'The Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says 'Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house ill you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hands made all these things?' We have become so used to and dependent on meeting in a building that we maybe have forgotten or neglected the importance of meeting with God where we are and on our own as well at times, for He is there with us.
It's great to be able to connect on a Sunday through FB and with the daily devotions at 8 am as well, and if you feel up for it on a Wednesday night at 7 pm on Zoom: we have a Bible study and time of prayer that everyone is welcome to join. No need to speak but being 'with' others is a great boost.
So, in days of continued isolation please stay safe and remember one another in prayer; send a text, phone call or email to one another; log on to one of our means of connecting with each other on line, and above all, use your time to pray and speak to the Lord. He never sleeps and there are never glitches in quality of connection either. Always there and always caring.
Take care and God bless
Rev Colin L Macleod
Free Church Manse