Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.'

Psalm 113:3

Recently Graham and I were travelling home from Wales on the M6. It was a beautiful day and as Graham drove I watched the sunsetting in the west.
I found myself thinking of the beauty of our days. The sunrise of the early morning; a time when the world is just starting to waken up. As 'morning gilds the skies' we have an opportunity to collect our thoughts and give praise to our God who has given us a brand new day to experience. Like the birds in the early morning sing to their Maker, we can come with our praise and begin our day as we ought in communion with God.
And in the evening, when darkness falls on our world, when quietness returns and often our skies are filled with the glories of a sunset, we have an opportunity to silence our hearts and thoughts and give quiet praise to our God. He who has watched over us carefully throughout the day is waiting for our praise. He has held us and kept us, often through numerous difficulties and stresses, and brought us safely home.
Our world is a beautiful place with spectacular glories of creation. Let us use them to help us come and give praise to a God who deserves to hear from His children when the sun is rising and setting.
In the quietness of the evening light, as we travelled the many miles, I had a lot to be grateful for: my mother's safe return to her home; some very good meetings with our church in South Wales where folks experienced deliverance, baptism in the Holy Spirit and the deepening of spiritual life; travelling mercies and a beautiful sky to help me give praise to our wonderful God.