Daily Devotional reflections

As we journey through these uncertain times, each day Sean will seek to post a thought or reflection, a Bible verse or a prayer.

Monday 6th July 2020
By Fred Coutts

St Machar

[The St Machar stained glass window by William Wilson in Brechin Cathedral]


During the 5th Century St Machar worked among the Picts of Aberdeenshire.  According to legend he was told to look for a place where a river made a bend like a bishop’s crozier as it approached the sea.  He found the bend he was looking for in the River Don and built his church where St Machar’s Cathedral now stands.
For the past three months the Government has told us the place where we must stay.  As our period of lockdown is slowly being eased, we are faced with more choices.   Focus today on what God might be asking us to do with our increased freedom.

Genesis 12 :1-5

The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

‘I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.’

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

From a prayer leaflet in St Machar’s Cathedral

Almighty God
so draw our hearts to you,
so guide our minds,
so fill our imaginations,
so control our wills
that we may be wholly yours,
utterly dedicated to you.
Use us as you will,
always to your glory
and the welfare of your people;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Circle me, Lord.
Keep protection near
And danger afar.
Circle me, Lord
Keep hope within.
Keep doubt without.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep light near
And darkness afar.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep peace within.
Keep evil out.

(David Adam)