We continue our theme of friendship from last week, looking at trust. Rev Mary looked up the word trust in the dictionary and found that it means “having confidence in the reliability of someone or something”. Trust is an important part of friendship. It allows us to feel safe with our friends and able to make plans and share our ideas. It needs us to keep promises, to be dependable and to show respect for our friends.
The Collective Worship team bring us a story about Jesus and his disciples going fishing. You can read it in your Bible in Luke 5:1-11.
The disciples in the story had grown up in fishing families and knew about how to fish. Simon must have wondered why Jesus was asking him to put out the nets again but he trusted Jesus enough to do what Jesus asked. And then the disciples trusted Jesus so much that they followed him.
One of the places we need trust is within our families.
Can you remember learning to ride a bicycle? Did your parents or grandparents walk along behind you holding on till you found your balance? Did they then keep up with you for a while so that they could rescue you if you fell? You trusted that they would help if you needed it.
As you get older and your parents allow you to go out by yourself, trust between you and them will be very important. The picture shows how you can help them to trust you. Remember that every family is different and your parents are not wrong to try to protect you…
There are lots of times that we trust people we don’t know very well or don’t know at all without thinking about it…
When we go on a journey in a car, we trust that the other road users will drive safely and not put us in danger.
In the last year we have trusted others in our community to follow the rules and guidelines to help limit the spread of Covid-19 and help keep everyone safer. We have also trusted that the Scientists and Politicians will make the right decisions at the right time. We are being asked to do that again now.
Friendships between people and between countries are based on trust. This PowerPoint from Cafod shows what they are doing in areas where the trust between countries has been broken.
Take some photos of you with your friends this week. Make sure you have everyone’s permission to take their photo. Think about why these people are your friends. What is special about them? Why do you trust them? Think about all the stories about Jesus you know. Where did he show us that we can trust him – that we can be confident that he will be reliable and will help us always?
Proverbs 3, v5 tells us ‘Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.’ God will be with us in every situation – when we are happy or sad, confident or unsure.
We use Psalm 28, verse 7 as our prayer this week:
Try to find somewhere quiet and read the verse a few times. Think about where you need help from God and where he has already helped you.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
A quote from the Shakespeare play “All’s well that ends well”:
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none
Alison and Angie