“ Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God… On each side of the river stood the tree of life… And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Revelation 22: 1-3

We are all very conscious of Glasgow holding the Commonwealth games this summer, and already the streets of our city are being transformed, with new lighting and pavements and venues at which all the events will be held.  Everyone wants it to go well, and we have been introduced to Clyde, the Games mascot, and the tickets for the different events have been going fast.

The churches have been involved in the More Than Gold programme, where people can host the families of athletes, or act as pastors, or get involved in a mission team, or a campaign to stop human trafficking. The baton is also due to come through Ward 14, Drumchapel and Anniesland ward on Monday 21st July, and there could be opportunities to offer hospitality round about this.

In the Bible, there are wonderful visions in Revelation, about the nature of heaven, and of the tensions and divisions between  people of all nations being healed, and for the possibility of harmonious living –  the leaves of the trees being for the healing of all nations.

During the Commonwealth Games, we have the opportunity to work for something of this vision, by the hospitality we offer to people visiting our city from over 53 different nations. It is an exciting time, and so we need to pray for opportunities to offer kindness and to welcome people to our city, to learn from different cultures and to try to show something of the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ.

More information can be obtained from the website –  www.morethangold2014.org.uk

Whatever you do this summer, wishing you a time of refreshment and blessing,

Every blessing,

Fiona Gardner