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.

Tuesday 7 July 2020
By Fred Coutts

St Drostan

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


St Drostan landed at New Aberdour beach about 600 AD and built his church near there.  He is credited as the founder of a monastery at Old Deer which became the base for his mission to the Picts who lived in Aberdeenshire.  He spent the later part of his life in solitude in Glen Esk in Angus, giving himself to prayer.

‘Prayer does not change God but changes him who prays’ 
(Søren Kierkegaard)

Focus today on what change God may be asking of you as you pray.

Matthew 6:5-13
‘And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

‘This, then, is how you should pray:

‘“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.”

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)