What is Safety?

After the horrific events on Monday night, for which we continue to pray peace into, I have been struck by the number of friends south of the border commenting on more armed police and soldiers in streets. I remember the first time I saw armed police (as the norm) in he UK, it was in…

Advent Psalms – Saturday Week Two

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.Stir up your might, and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see;have regard for…

Images of Lent

This year I am not going to post anything during Lent, instead I would encourage you to go over to: Images of Lent Rev Ruth, whose blog it is, is Rector at Christ Church, Falkirk.  Last year she took a sabbatical visiting galleries and collecting together various art works, one for each day in Lent,…

The Cusp

We are on the cusp. The season of Christmas has reached its zenith.  Despite what is often portrayed that point was not the birth, the birth was but a new beginning, no the tipping point comes now at Candlemas with the foretelling of sorrow and death.  The purification of Mary, the Presentation of our Lord at the Temple.…

Baptism of Our Lord

The water, the dove, together declare. Christ has not simply come to earth, to be a passive witness, a dispassionate onlooker. Christ has come to dwell not beside us, but with us.

Reflecting on Christmas

Back in October,  when on holiday, I visited an art gallery – no surprise there – and while looking at all the gorgeous things, arranged about to tempt and delight me, I spied on the wall going up the stairs little mirrors.  The mirrors were about 4-6 inches with frames of about 2 inches decoupaged…

When Is An Icon Not An Icon?

For sometime now I have had a wee hankering to try and do some iconography.  I hummed and hawed for ages until I finally decided, for a variety of reasons not to go down the traditional route but rather to do my take on icons.  So it began. Over the course of about a month…