Pause for thought from Rev. Douglas Moore.
Learning to walk
I can remember when our two boys were learning to walk. They would pull themselves up using a bit of furniture and take a wee step or two. One of us would be there with arms outstretched to encourage them to walk towards us. I can remember them being held up by their hands and praised their efforts. Eventually they got there. I can remember to this day when they went to get outdoor shoes. Our eldest in particular put them on and took his first steps. Well, he was like a deep sea diver or a spaceman the way he walked and he kept looking at these strange things on his feet. Great memories!
God our heavenly Father is like a parent with a child. He "taught Israel how to walk." We read in the book of Hosea 11:3 (p880 in the pew bible), "Yet I was the one who taught Israel to walk." He took His children along and "drew them to me with affection and love." (v4)
Our Heavenly Father stands before us with outstretched arms, encouraging us towards holiness, eager to catch us when we stumble. He picks us up when we fall. He is never discouraged by our progress, nor will He ever give up. When we find things difficult, then He is patient and kind and will never give up on us.
George McDonald put it this way:"God will help us when we cannot walk, and He will help us when we find it hard to walk, but he cannot help us if we will not walk."
Even though we fall, we must try again. Our Father holds us by our hand.
A five second prayer: God help us to walk in the light of today and the hope of tomorrow.
Tickets for the Christmas Concert,featuring Tom Griffell as Master of Ceremonies,and the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Bobby Irvine, in Dalmilling Church on Friday,5th December are now available. Tickets cost £5 each from Helen Darroch or Katharine Black.
The congregation at Auchincruive Church, led by Rev.Douglas Moore, were joined by a large number of visitors from the Monkton branch of the British Legion,complete with two Standard Bearers, in a moving Service to honour the local Heroes of the parish who gave their lives in both World Wars.
We were also delighted to welcome two families from the new Kirk Green estate, joining us for the first time.
Church Elder, Willie Campbell Laid a wreath of Poppies at our memorial on behalf of the Congregation.
The AyrThegither Project;s latest venture - The Teddy Bears Mothers & Toddlers group got off to a really good start today with Four Mums and Seven Toddlers taking part today.
This is an excellent start- but we need to spread the word and let all those Young Mums in the area know that this excellent facility is available on their doorstep. Trish and her team would love to see them!
Thanks to ace photographer Pat Johnston for these superb pictures.
There was a good turnout this morning at the Dalmilling War Memorial Service which followed the Remembrance Service in Dalmilling Church.