Thought for the day 17 May

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Along with most of Scotland, West Dunbartonshire is now in Level 2, so from today there are many things that we can do that we could not do yesterday. After last Autumn many have a sense of ‘looking over the shoulder’, slightly afraid that our new-found freedoms could at some stage be curbed if the number of cases goes up again. The roll-out of the vaccine programme should make a difference from last year (or so we hope), but we are conscious that Glasgow, which is not all that far away, remains in Level 3, and case numbers are rising in East Renfrewshire too (and we saw the photos of George Square on Saturday and yesterday). If we look over the border we see/hear conflicting messages – the Prime Minister echoing scientists’ words of caution, while some of the media and some politicians rubbish the idea of needing caution. So what do we do? Having spent the last year being urged to think of our family, friends and neighbours, to be careful not to spread infection, to remember those who lost their lives to Covid, their relatives and the tremendous work done by healthcare and social care staff, are we just going to throw that to one side and think only of ourselves now, and what we want? Or will we continue to think of others, and what we can do to ensure that there is no risk of us passing on an infection (let alone catching it ourselves)?

Lord, we are glad that infection rates have fallen to the point where we can now be in Level 2. We express our fullest appreciation to all who have brought us to this point. We also express our concern for those not able to enter Level 2 yet, and those in other countries where infection rates are still very high. Help us to keep thinking of others, and not ourselves
PS Ben Wyvis from Inverness

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