Text of the week

Rev. Alec Shuttleworth
Rev. Alec Shuttleworth

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.

(Ecclesiastes 1:9 NRSV)

Rain seems to be the dominant weather event of the moment. After a good summer we are faced with the nights drawing in, the cold seeping into our bones, and the rain.

I watched a child this week splashing in the puddles. Hardly more than a toddler in bright blue spotted wellies. And as he kicked and splashed his dog leapt about him barking.

And the child laughed and screamed with delight while his mother stood there taking photos on her phone.

There is, says the pessimistic author of Ecclesiastes, nothing new under the sun.

God broke through this pessimism when Jesus came to make all things new.

We can moan about the rain, we moan about the cold and the dark.

We become afflicted with this Ecclesiastes kind of “same old - same old” fatalism.

Well if you enjoy being miserable there’s always plenty to be miserable about.

Or we could pull on our wellies and splash about a bit. It looks such fun. The weather won’t change so maybe we should.

Rev. Alec Shuttleworth

Tulliallan and Kincardine Parish Church