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, [...]

Where is Christ’s Face?

  Jesus' face can be seen in all sorts of places and people. Don't tire yourself searching;  just be ready to be surprised.    John 21.4-7 (NIV) Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” [...]

What Christ sees hidden in me

Blenheim Palace is one of the most photographed buildings in England. Many pictures also encompass its lake with the Grand Bridge.  At first sighting, we think that it is made of solid stone. But it has a secret. For, inside the bridge are many rooms that were used to entertain the guests of the Dukes 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 [...]

Unity of Spirit

Acts 18.1-4 (p1114) 1 Corinthians 1.10-17 (p1144) A Naval chaplain I knew well repeatedly told the story of the visitor to the monastery. At evening mealtime, one of the monks stood up and shouted out  87 – to which the holy men laughed and laughed. The visitor was bemused and asked the Abbot what was [...]