Thought for the week

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Well, a new adventure is in motion and I’m away from Brechin for a wee while. Sunday I was in at Hope Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

The really awesome thing was that there were a lot of folk that knew where Scotland is and even our fair city of Brechin had been visited by a few.

Many others had been to Edinburgh and Glasgow for holidays at various points and one had been to St Andrews and Dundee Universities. So with a bit of a chat about places I know, I was missing home even more. Funny how we fall in love with where we stay.

I mean, I like Boston okay and it was nice watching NFL games live at a normal hour but it just wasn’t the same as watching Brechin City playing proper football.

But I thought about all the places I have lived over the years and how each in turn was home while I was there and now Brechin is home for me and my family. And the reality is not so much about the place as the people who are part of our lives. Our family and friends who make where we live worth being there. So I’m sure I will enjoy my journey around the USA as I will see a lot of my family and friends over the coming weeks. But I am also reminded via social media and ‘phone calls that more and more the people I care about are in and around Brechin.

Jesus also was one who was a traveller into our world from His home of heaven and we celebrated His incarnation not too long ago. As we move toward Holy Week we will encounter an amazing story of Jesus as the disciples were a bit panicked about Jesus saying he was going away from them.

John 14 starts by saying: “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. For in my Father’s house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am there you may be also. If it were not so I would have told you...”

This was the Jesus who loved the world enough to come to be a Saviour in the world of that day who also loved and cared about those around Him. And so I am greatly blessed today to be reminded that just as the time apart was not one to be taken lightly it was also a time to accomplish the task before him, to prepare a place.

Yet at the end of the journey was a reunion to look forward to. So it is for me at this point, I’m away for a wee while but I have a task of sharing what my life in Brechin looks like with many folk in a variety of churches in the states. But there will be that day shortly when I will be back and hopefully pick up where I left off.

Your life as well may have these moments of parting but I hope that you will have reunions to look forward to also. May your journey be sweet but your coming home even better.

On a different journey,

Rev. Jon Bergen

Brechin Baptist Fellowship