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Holiday snaps (3): The unexpected

What happened to the holiday snaps that were promised? Well, sometimes the unexpected happens and plans carefully made are turned upside down – and there is probably no more likely year for that to be the case than 2020.

Whether we are talking about employment or holidays, leisure activities or family get-togethers, education or training, the unexpected and unprecedented has happened.

We are being urged more strongly than ever to be careful – for our own sake and that of other people’s.

While some folk are doing their best, maybe even sacrificially, others tend to take the view that the rules don’t apply to them.


(somewhere in the south west of Scotland)


Perhaps like me you remember having to learn the Ten Commandments (Exodus chapter 20, verse 1-17) off by heart. That was a lot for a child, especially as some of the things being prohibited were beyond your understanding.

Looking at them now with adult eyes, I see them not so much as a list of “do not’s” but as God’s way of guiding us to live in a way which takes account of other people – their needs, their feelings. They embody justice and above all, they are about putting the Lord first – and if we can do that, we will be on his path.

One of the Pharisees attempted to test Jesus with this question, “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.That is the greatest commandment.It comes first.The second is like it: Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”(Matthew chapter 22, verses 35-39)

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