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.

Saturday 11th July 2020
By Fred Coutts

St Ninian

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


About the end of the 4th Century St Ninian built a church dedicated to Martin of Tour near Whithorn on the Solway Firth. It was built with stone, unusual in those days, and called Candida Casa which means White House. From there his missionaries carried the faith throughout Strathclyde and among the Southern Picts who lived between the River Tay and the Moray Firth.

There is a tradition that Ninians studied in Rome. On his return to Scotland it mis said that he visited and was greatly inspired by St Martin of Tour. He then dedicated his church at Whithorn to him.
Focus today on those who have inspired you in your faith and how you might help others to grow in faith.

I Corinthians 3:6-11

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are fellow workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.


Forgiving God,
We know that we resist when asked to tell your story.
We find it hard to confess the name of Jesus.
We are awkward and feel inadequate.
But you have called us to speak and to act.
Like Peter and Andrew, James and John,
Like Paul and Apollos,
Like Martin and Ninian,
help us to rise up and follow wherever you lead.


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)