Thought for the Week

With Debra Milnes – Elder, Withernsea United Reformed Church

ARE YOU enjoying the extra freedoms we have been given over the last couple of weeks, or are you like me, still feeling rather unsafe out there? 

While some continue with the programme of self-isolation others act as if we are back to normal. It is easy to become discouraged to feel as if you are on your own. It is at times like this that encouragement is especially important. Encouragement has played a huge part in the last few months, people going out of their way to help those in need. 

This reminds me of the story of the boy who walked along the sea shore which was covered in starfish. As he walked, one by one he picked up the starfish and threw them back into the sea. A fisherman stopped the lad and asked why he bothered, as there were so many that he couldn’t possibly make a difference. The lad picked up another, threw it into the water saying it made a difference to that one. That small act of kindness made a real difference to each starfish he returned to the sea.

When we encourage someone, when we take the time to make a small act of kindness, to smile, to say hello or thank you, to write a note of encouragement. To lift up the phone and check in on a family member or neighbour, we can make a real difference, we make people feel valued and loved. 

The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:2. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing. 

I pray that this wonderful feeling of encouragement and working together which has been so prevalent in our town will continue. What a wonderful legacy! Thank you to all those who have gone out of their way to make our town better, you are a real blessing and an answer to prayer.