THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Music has long been an integral part of life and worship

It is generally reckoned that music reaches parts that other things (like words) cannot reach. It is used in many kinds of therapies. It can help to express emotions and feelings. It can help mould our mood. How much are we using music to help us during the pandemic restrictions? Do we listen to music on a regular basis? Do we try to make music (playing an instrument, singing) – provided we don’t upset the neighbours or the other members of the household it doesn’t matter if it’s off key! What kind of music are we listening to? Is it music that will inspire us, lift our mood? Or something that makes a bad day feel worse? Do we need to make a deliberate effort to address our use of music, and let it help how we feel?

Lord, music has long been an integral part of life and worship in many cultures, including in different branches of the Jewish and Christian faiths. It helps us to express how we feel, and it can help to lift our mood. Thank you for music and its powerful effects. Help us to use it wisely, for our good, for the good of others, and for your glory

One of the activities which we can do for exercise (well, maybe not on a snowy day) is walking. Unless we have mobility problems, or stop to talk to every second person we meet, we can average about three miles in an hour. Over time that mounts up. If we keep a record of how far we walk when we go for exercise, how far might we have walked in a week, month or year:
Some local destinations: Glasgow: 15.7mls; Airport 12mls; Helensburgh 8mls
Other places in Scotland: Edinburgh 66.5 mls; Oban 77mls; Campbeltown 118mls; Inverness 153 mls (via A82)
Places in England: Manchester 232mls; London 415mls (via A66 and A1)
Places in Europe: Paris 715mls; Rome 1587mls; Berlin 1109 mls; Marbella 1853mls
Fancy a pilgrimage?: Jerusalem 3445mls

Lord, walking is a good form of exercise. It gives us the chance to meet and talk with people (remembering the Enhanced Tier 4 regulations, of course). We can take in sights, and sounds and smells. Help us to make time to walk if we can, and when we are out to appreciate the world around us.

The Rev Ian Johnson, Riverside Parish Church, Dumbarton

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