Reflections: The Rev Richard Baxter

The Rev Richard Baxter
The Rev Richard Baxter
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A COUPLE of weeks ago, I found myself in a crowd of several hundred East Fife fans through at Ibrox to see East Fife take on Rangers.

A big crowd was guaranteed, as it was the first home match for Rangers since their well-publicised troubles.

Opportunities to watch my local team play in front of a 38,000 crowd are fairly few and far between, so it was an occasion I didn’t want to miss.

It’s no secret that I like to go to watch East Fife when I can.

Nevertheless, I was surprised on the following Sunday morning when I got to church to discover everyone seemed to know I had been through at the game in Glasgow on Tuesday night.

The answer soon became obvious.

One of the daily papers (which I don’t usually read) had printed a picture of a small section of the East Fife support, perhaps five or six people, and I was there, sitting right in the middle.

In a stadium with 38,000 people, this little group had been singled out. Even in the middle of the crowd, we are all still individuals.

It reminded me of Psalm 139 which tells us that wherever we go, wherever life takes us, we are always in God’s sight and always in reach of His love. We are never hidden or anonymous, whether we are in a crowd or some faraway place. He knows our words and our thoughts, our hopes and our fears.

We have a God who knows and loves each one of us as individuals.

Jesus told us that God knows all about us, right down to the number of hairs on our head.

He cares about the things that matter to us and shares our journey through life.

We don’t need to hide from God, and we couldn’t if we wanted to.

Instead we can be open and honest with the one who knows and loves us even better than we know ourselves.

Rev Rev Richard Baxter, of Kennoway, Windygates and Balgonie: St Kenneth’s, writes in the East Fife Mail.