Take Two

You may remember, dear reader, that last August I tootled off to Cumbrae to immerse myself in the wonders of icons.  Well this year I repeated the exercise, I say repeated however that is not strictly accurate.  Last year – you can read about it here – I didn’t really know what to expect, yes…

Bowling from East to West

Bear with me for a moment of introductory rambling. Someone told me a thing, and while I loved the thing I was told of I didn’t realise I had misheard the name of the thing I was told.  Oblivious to this I went hunting on the internet for the thing and after some fruitless searching,…

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.