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April 30, 2020

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." Isaiah 43. 1

Please indulge me while I acknowledge my uncle, John Cambell MacLeod, who died yesterday; another care-home victim of the coronavirus.

Younger than my dad by 6 years, they were a generation apart: Dad's formativ...

April 29, 2020

"The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools." Ecclesiastes 9. 17

Journalism thrives on disaster and controversy. The worse things get, the higher the profile of our news reporters becomes and the closer we glue ourselves to our laptop, mobile and TV screens. Producing...

April 28, 2020

"Do not say, 'Why were the old days better than these?' It is not wise to ask these questions." Ecclesiastes 7. 10

I overheard an 11 year-old remarking to her younger friends "When I was young the summers were so much better"! It made me realise how ridiculous we sound when we don our rose-tinted specs and rem...

April 27, 2020

"May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth." Psalm 72. 6

Went for an early cycle this morning to deliver a sympathy card. After a week of constant sunshine it was refreshing to feel the after-effects of overnight rain. Everything felt cleansed and invigorated, while the sun r...

April 26, 2020

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." Exodus 20. 8

Saturday is the Jewish sabbath. Christians meet on Sunday, which is the first day of the week. So where does that leave us in regard to the fourth commandment? Well, if we have learned anything about navigating the finer points of church law, it is su...

April 26, 2020

"I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Hebrews 8.12

Yesterday I forgot to post a message. I thought about it, got distracted and then the day ran away with me. It happens. From missed appointments to leaving vulnerable people in risky circumstances, our forgetfulness has the ca...

April 24, 2020

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1. 7

"When the going gets tough..." as they say. But what distinguishes those who rise to the challenge of hard times and those who crumble under the pressure? I have found that the answer is rarel...

April 23, 2020

"I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness." Ecclesiastes 2.13

We may never have been so cut off from one another but, at the same time, a strange revelation is occurring. It happens every time we use social media, or watch presenters on TV use it to communicate with gu...

April 22, 2020

"The earth belongs unto the Lord and all that it contains..." Psalm 24.1

Today is Earth Day. I have been celebrating by getting immersed in the stuff, completing a project of several weeks, to dig back the encroaching undergrowth around the manse garden fence. (My only regret is the disturbance I may have caus...

April 21, 2020

"Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." Luke 24. 39

You may have seen the bodach (old man) who stole our hearts on breakfast media this morning. His live-in carer noticed how much he missed his late wife, so she had a cushion m...

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