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Glenelg to Mars

There I was, just last week, on an epic cycle over the Bealach Ratagan to Corran (south of Kyle of Lochalsh & opposite Skye). Rolling into picturesque Glenelg I laughed aloud at a sign celebrating earth’s Glenelg being twinned […]

2021-11-01T11:24:17+00:001 November 2021|Comments Off on Glenelg to Mars

Raw & Real!

‘Self-harm’ is described, by some as, “when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body, a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.” (NHS Choices). Such vents can include cutting, excess drinking, doing drugs, smoking, and fighting in attempts to try and cope with inner pain. People of all ages have moments and periods […]

2021-10-18T11:31:10+01:0018 October 2021|Comments Off on Raw & Real!

Braw Beauty!

What a pleasure to recently marry Fiona & Damian White at Culzean Castle. I never tire of the view through the arch approaching the castle, stunning! And set in the rose room overlooking the Holy Isle and Arran is […]

2021-10-11T14:58:12+01:0011 October 2021|Comments Off on Braw Beauty!

Cloudy with a hint of humour

Alas, rain clouds are circling, but it’s been an interesting summer of cloud formations.

 

In the Bible, a ‘cloud without rain’ denotes someone who doesn’t keep their promise, coined in a country where rain is scarce! Fortunately, here in Scotland, we saw more sunshine than rain this past […]

2021-10-03T17:24:23+01:003 October 2021|Comments Off on Cloudy with a hint of humour

Forward to Church

“I’m four!” shouted Louie at the start of Dorothy’s kids’ chat. And right enough he looked almost two years older than last I saw Louie sitting at the front of Connexions’ sanctuary at morning worship. It was surreal looking […]

2021-09-27T14:58:57+01:0027 September 2021|Comments Off on Forward to Church

Bride Pride

No one in my family guessed right as to when my tear floodgates would open around my youngest Zoe’s wedding. 7 years ago, I managed to walk daughter Amy down the aisle, give away and marry her, and deliver a faither-o’-the-bride speech, maintaining dry eyed dignity throughout. […]

2021-09-20T10:53:15+01:0020 September 2021|Comments Off on Bride Pride

Heaven & Heartbreak

Photo by Carl Campbell on Unsplash

My heart breaks for the people of Afghanistan & Haiti as they wrestle with the raw reality of severe injury, injustice, and incomprehension. Babies and children crushed under collapsing walls and stampeding people, take human sorrow to unimaginable depths of darkness.

 

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2021-08-23T12:57:30+01:0023 August 2021|Comments Off on Heaven & Heartbreak

Summer Joy

What a roller coaster is this crossing called ‘life’ and what a privilege to be an Irvine pastor. Perahps a movie and song in the making: ‘4 funerals and a wedding’ and ‘Baby, baby!’ On Friday I conducted the funeral services and life-celebrations of two special senior […]

2021-08-16T15:44:55+01:0016 August 2021|Comments Off on Summer Joy

Resilience

‘Resilience’ is a quality and value especially esteemed in our local schools. In the face of continuing frustration, difficulty, distraction and danger for many, the ability to persevere and ‘carry on regardless’ is much needed. Thomas Edison, before getting his celebrated electric light to work, had a […]

2021-08-09T12:19:56+01:009 August 2021|Comments Off on Resilience

Olympic Inspiration

I’m loving the Olympics, whizzing through highlights, especially interested when someone medals against the odds, like triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown, who cycled to silver with a puncture. I also love to hear of grace and great sportsmanship at work. It […]

2021-08-02T13:24:59+01:002 August 2021|Comments Off on Olympic Inspiration