Thursday, 29 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Or youth group trips to Cumbrae and cycling around the island accompanied by that fragrance at every turn.
It seemed then, and still does, quite oriental. Like coconut. But now it can be bought encaptured in a candle. No need to walk or to cycle. Simply strike a match, release the fragrance of wild gorse and all those memories come flooding back.
The whole of life can be played out in our living rooms, from global disasters on our TV screens to scents of childhood. We can have it all without moving from the sofa.
Can we ever recapture the idealism we once had? The desire to change the world, to make a difference? Or has that too been domesticated and sanitised and dulled by familiarity?
When the world becomes so small and so intimate we forget that it still needs changed so that every child's memories are of nature's scents and not the stench of war and poverty.
We have a responsibilty to be creators of memories that sustain and that give life and enhance the future for others.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
My morning walks this past wee while have been accompanied by the odour of wild garlic. A bit overpowering before 7am but the glen is quite overtaken at present by its white flowers and its pungency.
I wasn't aware of its presence over the winter, hidden in the ground, ready to burst into profusion when the time was just right and yet now it has completely taken over.
Many things lie in wait like that, ready to surprise us - when the time is right. If only we can recognise such gifts and appreciate them in their season, secure in the knowledge that, in time, we will be surprised again, maybe in a different way but always, when the time is just right.
Monday, 19 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the decision of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to admit women to the ministry of word and sacrament.
Yesterday saw the launch of a book brimming with liturgy and reflections, sermons and stories all written by women ministers, published to celebrate this momentous milestone.
The grand old lady who petitioned the assembly 45 years ago - it took 5 years for the petition to be granted - was at the launch, still as feisty as ever and giving thanks that at least on this visit to the Assembly she didn't have to wear a hat as she did 45 years ago.
What fun to be a part of and to contribute to such an occasion.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Beannacht (John O'Donohue)
On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
cut off from its life giving roots
rotting and decaying
soon it will be carried by the wind
lifted and laid
bearing little resemblance to the vibrant, organic plant it once was.
with no purpose
dead without hope of resurrection.
A symbol of today's church?
Blow, Spirit, Blow.
Clear out the stench of death.
And bring life in all its fulness.
Monday, 5 May 2008
Enjoyed spending time at our National Gathering at the weekend.
Friday, 2 May 2008
At the end of the night, over £3,000 pounds had been raised for a school meals project in Malawi. Which made it all worthwhile.