Reflections: Rev Wilma Cairns

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IT’S said we all have a book in us to write.

If that is true, then what kind of book would you write – a romantic novel, a gripping suspense thriller, a children’s story?

Probably the truth is more along the lines of preferring to read a book than writing one.

One of my favourite books is ‘Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable’. It’s the kind of book you can dip into time and time again and never tire of reading.

Then there is the Bible, another book you can dip into time and time again and never tire of reading.

Yes? No? How familiar are you with this book?

The Gospel stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John may be more familiar than those of the minor prophets with strange-sounding names, like Habbakkuk and Zephaniah (minor not because they are less important, but because their stories are shorter in length than the major prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah).

The book of Job and his sufferings may not interest some but may indeed be a solace to those who are going through a difficult time in their lives.

The Book of Revelation may be a book we wouldn’t read, while the Psalms would be a favourite section of the Bible for many people, not only to read but to use as prayers.

During this period of Lent, I always try to read a religious book of some sort, one that you can dip into a page or two at most each day and reflect on what the words are saying.

The period between Christmas and Easter is a bit like making a garden – we turn over the soil and dig up the weeds, we fertilise the ground and look at a catalogue to decide what seeds to buy and what plants to grow as we await spring, with its new life and new growth.

Perhaps some of the soil is dry and exhausted – too much has been taken out and not enough put back in.

That can happen to us too; we take too much out of ourselves through working too hard, or illness, or worry, and don’t put enough back in like relaxing, or eating the right food, or having enough sleep. We too need to be renewed and refreshed.

Why not decide to give yourself 10 minutes or so each day to read something from the Bible, or one of the many Christian books that are readily available?

And remember the words from Psalm 46: ‘Be still and know that I am God’ and enjoy the stillness.