When did we stop asking questions?

‘What the hair oil?’ - My mother exclaimed this bizarre phrase whenever she was perplexed. Whatever it meant, it came from trying to fathom something outwith her experience. It expressed wonder.   Children have a wonderful dimension of wonder. Listen to teenagers and their ideas for world rank from the zany to the deeply sensible, sometimes [...]

Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies. For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light, For the joy of [...]

Perfect day

Luke 6.1-11 Psalm 23   Now I know I have told you this before. But my uncle and aunt in Lairg, Sutherland, were members of the Free Church. And so, Sundays were days when the TV and radio were kept off, books were not read and the minimum of cooking was done.  The Bible and [...]

Why bother being still?

  Psalm  1 Mark 1.29-39   I well remember on being on watch many years ago at sea during the night. To break the monotony, I burst into a song. For some now forgotten reason - it was ‘rock of ages’. Frank, our Chaplain, happened to be on the Bridge at the time and remarked [...]