Our thought for the week from academy chaplain Mr McKibbin is this week on the theme of ‘Trinity’.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
The 17th Century English poet and Minister John Donne said, “No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.” I have found this sentiment to prove itself true over and over again, because in reality people do just seem to work better when they are in community with others especially in times of need. There is that group of people, or person who you know is there for you, who you can rely on. For me needing other people is a fundamental part of human experience, why do you think solitary confinement is used as a punishment/torture technique? God is described as a loving relationship between 3 persons, God is essentially relational and so are we; being created in God’s image. So despite all the messiness and complications of our relationships with other people there is also something deeply spiritual and sacred about them.
Loving Father, you are patient, you are kind, you always protect, always trust, always hope and always persevere. As we think of the examples in our lives when we have experienced real love may we know that in those experiences we have seen your face, felt your presence. Love has power to move and change things and people, so this week as we go about our work Lord we ask that you would help us to move and be motivated by a loving-kindness for those around us. Amen