August Message

Dear friends,
These past few weeks have been some of the hottest on record. We have been baking as a country. Either you will have loved the weather and enjoyed being outdoors, or you have struggled with the excessive heat and retreated indoors. We as a family have been enjoying the weather. We have opened our lounge doors and gained a whole new room to the house as we have let the outside in. Andrew and Maria have particularly enjoyed playing with water pistols and running through the sprinkler to cool off.

Yet there is cost to all this heat isn’t there? As lovely as it is, it is far from normal for us as a nation and certainly not this far north in Scotland. Humanity is having an effect on the planet and we are not taking care of it, as seen in our recent heatwave.

The psalmist wrote:
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Psalm 24:1

I sometimes wonder how well we look after His creation. We just have to go for a walk in our own neighbourhood and we will find crisp packets, cigarette boxes, cans, paper and who knows what else. Head to the beach and see what has been washed up! Or how about the provoking images from Blue Planet recently that showed us the devastation in our oceans caused by humanity? How are we following Jesus’ commandment to:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
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f we don’t take care of His creation and respect all that He gave us? Dropping our litter and ignoring His creation is not loving Him. To love God with all our heart calls us to witness against the destruction of God’s good creation. This planet is not ours, but as the Psalmist writes it is our loving Fathers. We are left to care for it. I know that we can’t stop climate change tomorrow, nor can we change the whole world, however we can change our own little worlds. Why not when we go out for a walk on the beach, along the canal to the shops or even on our way to church, pick up just three pieces of litter? If we all did that, can you imagine the impact we could have especially if three of our friends joined us? As you do it know that you are loving God and caring for His creation with your whole heart! In doing so we will be turning our hearts towards God as we care for His creation and remind ourselves and those around us that:

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Psalm 24:1

With every blessing,
Iain