Thought for the Day

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Good morning. What a strange and disorientating time. Please God we quickly get on top of this new illness.

The Bath campus is an eerie place - deserted. Most of our students have gone home. It happened so quickly. One week ago we heard of lectures going online. And only last Tuesday teatime we heard that all assessments were going online too. Students were dazed and disorientated. There was then no need to stay. But to finish uni early? Think of going home? Perhaps not back until October. New friendship groups breaking up early. I have had many conversations and prayers.

And remembering, and reminding, that God is the one constancy in our changing world. I think he has, in Jesus Christ, been so for two thousand years. And the students mirror our own thoughts. It is a new time.

I love the psalms – like Old Testament poems. They echo our feelings. There is one to suit every need. Psalm 121 is in three sections for me. Verse one is a cry for help. We seek God in the hills. Verse 2 is the answer - the psalmist works it out for himself. Then the rest of the psalm is words - scripture – words from God - telling us of extraordinary promises - great to hear at time of disorientation

In verse 3, you can insert your own name - and so hear God speaking directly to you


lift up my eyes to the hills--

where does my help come from?


My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth.


The LORD watches over you--

he will watch over your life;

the LORD will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.


A thought today given with great humility and prayer. God Please Help

Canon Nigel Rawlinson

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