Imagine the scene …………………..
On a recent sunny Saturday morning, one of the few really good days we have had over the past few months, my wife and I were just sitting down to have our morning coffee when the doorbell rang – who could it be? We weren’t expecting anyone to call so I went to answer the door and there standing on the step was a lady and gentleman. I recognised them immediately as Jehovah’s Witnesses as they were holding copies of the “Watchtower” magazine. I thought “be polite and keep our discussion short” so I wished them good morning and we remarked on the wonderful day.
I told them that my wife and I were Elders in the Church of Scotland and that we were members of the Congregation of Helensburgh Parish Church and they were pleased to hear that we were part of the Christian community especially in these days when so many people seem lost all interest in religion. We agreed that many people are suffering and needing comfort at the present time.
The lady told me her father had been a Church of Scotland Elder and appreciated the articles in “Watchtower”. I declined to take a copy so she asked if she could read to me the verses of the Bible which she selected for that day and I agreed. And so it was that on a sunny Saturday morning I stood with the sounds of workmen carrying out repairs and someone mowing their grass and listened while she read for St Paul’s 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians the following.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.