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.

Thursday 9 July 2020
By Fred Coutts

Queen Margaret

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


St Margaret was the wife of Malcolm III who was King of Scotland in the 11th century.  She was a woman of great piety and is credited with reforming and reviving the church in Scotland.  In the stained-glass window she is portrayed kneeling before Christ on the Cross beside the little chapel named after her in Edinburgh Castle.

Queen Margaret revived the struggling church in Scotland.  Focus today on knowing when God wants us to do new things.

Psalm 98

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvellous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn –
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity


Wanderer by the seashore and traveller along the footpaths,
you invite us to sail out of our comfortable harbours
into the uncharted waters of faith
to wander off from our all too predictable paths
to follow you into the unpredictable roadways of the kingdom;
to leave the comfort of our comfortable places
and accompany you into the uncomfortable places we usually avoid,
knowing that you travel with us.

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)