Thursday 26 March
Rev Bryan Kerr, Greyfriars Parish Church, Lanark
By Rev Bryan Kerr, Greyfriars Parish Church, Lanark
Here in Scotland, we count our blessings that when we see extremes of weather, those extremes normally pass off without too much trouble. We can be snowed in for a morning, or be without electricity for a few hours, or even days, but generally life can go on with relative ease. No matter how hard we wish for a snow day or a break from work due to the weather, it almost never happens!
We give thanks for the infrastructure that is in place in our country. We are blessed to have a physical infrastructure that allows a rapid response to fix problems and a political infrastructure that offers support and leadership.
For others in our world the picture is quite different. When emergencies strike whole areas can be devastated, with crops, roads, homes, and employment gone. Without the ability to go to work and earn a living, many in our world struggle beyond our imagination. Employed and providing one day, to having nothing to support their family the next. Entire communities can feel the devastating effect of emergencies.
Whilst we give thanks for the infrastructures we have in our country, we pray for those who live in areas that are not so blessed. Today, we pray for those affected by disaster, and that more people will be able to support those dependent on their income with sustainable forms employment less likely to be lost when emergencies occur. We pray for peace, for justice and work to support others.
Emergencies destroy a community’s way of earning a living. We help people to develop sustainable ways to earn money.
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