Help

Help   Today we pray a prayer of 'help', remembering all those around the world who pray with us.   O God of the shared burden through the tiring day, our anxieties and cares make it difficult for us to recognise the companionship of your Son. Help us to welcome his offer of exchange and [...]

The trees are talking

Dodging the showers, I went for a stroll in the woods this morning. And as I wandered, I also wondered. For the large trees that surrounded me must have seen many more years than I. They would have lived through times of peace and trouble, times of calm and turmoil and periods of continual change. [...]

Mindfulness and Prayer

Luke 11.5-13 My grandfather loved knock, knock jokes. His favourite was - knock, knock and we dutifully replied, who's there? Lydia.  Lydia who? Lid-i-a teapot. (This probably only works in a Scots dialect!) Well mercifully this type of jape has gone out of fashion.  But it is useful to see how they work. Of course, [...]

What birds in a hurricane teach us

Hurricane Irma recently hit the Caribbean and Florida. Now, our major concern was for the humans caught up in it. But we could ask about these storms’ effect on wildlife. Some birds start their migration early and so get out of the way. Others hang on for dear life and let the gale pass through. [...]

Lost and found

My grandfather was a keen photographer. And in those days nearly 60 years ago, equipment and materials were expensive. So, he was delighted when he received a gift of an Agfa camera when he retired from his employers – the department store of Copland & Lye’s in Glasgow.   You can also imagine his distress [...]

Writing the answer

He prayed on his knees. He prayed standing. He prayed sitting. But he had never heard the voice of God. So he started to write down his prayers. At first no more than a few lines - big issues and real problems. He still heard nothing. Yet he wrote on, enjoying the confidence of pen [...]

What does a Grand Prix win tell the Church?

It was great to see Lewis Hamilton win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend. Of course, no one doubts that his podium position was the result of talent, teamwork and courage. But there is another quality in that mix; it is persistence. Since Mercedes, a few seasons back, had all sorts of technical [...]