Thought for The Day – Wednesday 30st June – The Final Thought from Matthew

This is our last TFTD from the Gospel of Matthew. We are going to take a break over the Summer before deciding what we want to do next. If you have any thoughts or feedback we would love to hear them, just email me at dmoodie@churchofscotland.org.uk
– David

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 20b

Football has given us many great anthems. From Man City fans belting out Blue Moon, to the strange absurdity of a stadium full of blokes singing “I’m forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air”. But none is more iconic than Liverpool FC’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Despite being a recycled song from a 76-year-old Rogers and Hammerstein musical, its bittersweet words have been ideal for a team that has experienced both sublime moments of triumph, and the sting of devastating tragedies. “Walk on, walk on. With hope in your heart. And you’ll never walk alone”. It’s a reminder of why people love football so fiercely. Through wind and rain, through their dreams are tossed and blown, football fans stick together.

This is the last in our long series through the Gospel of Matthew! We began on Monday 13th April right back in Matthew Chapter 1 and have systematically worked through every single chapter and verse. Now, a year and 78 days later we have finally finished.

And what a year it’s been. We’ve seen lockdowns, global protests against racism, new ways of communicating, pivotal elections, and a record pace vaccine program. It’s been a whirlwind of change and upheaval, with moments of joy, but of course many times of tragedy. None of us are the same people as we were in the Spring of 2020.

But one thing has remained the same. Jesus has been with us every step of the way. Through every change, every joy, every disappointment, Jesus has walked with us. As we heard yesterday Matthew’s Gospel ends with a challenge, ‘Go and make disciples’, but it also ends with the greatest encouragement Jesus could give us. I will be with you always, even to the very end.

You will never walk alone.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the Gospel of Matthew, a testament to your life full of challenge, wisdom, and comfort. Thank you for everything I’ve learned over this last year, all the ways you have spoken to me. Help me to reflect on those lessons and carry them with me into my life and into the world. And thank you most of all that wherever I go you are always with me, that I am never alone.

Action: Sit back and remember the person you were in Spring of 2020 and reflect on who you are now. How have you changed and where have you seen God in the past year.

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