posted: 29 Aug 2014 comments: 0category: Unassigned
I’m amazed at the ingenuity of people
I saw a man throw saucepans out of a bag
He was in the middle of the street
Pots and pans make a fair old din
The noise cause people to stop and stare
Soon he drew a crowd around him
Then he began to tell his story
He was like a man playing an instrument
He was playing the crowd.
Like the old time entertainers.
He knew the buttons to press
the notes to play - the right noises.
Pots and pans in ‘tin pan alley’
And not a piano...
posted: 28 Aug 2014 comments: 0category: Unassigned
The phonographs below show the ground being prepared for the final 100 yards to refloatJubilee Hope.. This will require some precise engineering and maths. The ship will be required to enter the water at the right speed and also at the right angle, if not the danger is that the huge hull could capsize. Once in the water the huge job begins to reassemble the ship. We’re grateful for the support of the Wood Group who have committed themselves to delivering the ship...
posted: 21 Aug 2014 comments: 0category: Unassigned
When we feel drained
and have nothing to say and nothing to give.
When there is nothing we want;
because we've lost all that meant anything to us
We shouldn't give up.
We need to keep waiting.
Hope will return!
Why you ask?
"Because the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases"
God's love for us doesn't come to an end
when our love for Him comes to an end.
He renews us.
Often with the simple things
The smile of a grandchild
The smell of a favourite...
posted: 20 Aug 2014
I spent most of the morning on my knees picking weeds out of the gravel in my driveway. I always feel there is something therapeutic about weeding. Its like the prayers of confession. IWe ask God to pick the weeds of sin out of your life. And often in prayer God forces us metaphorically and sometime physically to be on our knees sorting out the mess we've made on the path of life.
Of course you have to get yourself into the frame of mind to do it the weeding and...
posted: 19 Aug 2014 comments: 1category: Unassigned
Yesterday I made my way into Edinburgh to attend the Alistair Rutherford play entitled “An Island Between Heaven and Earth” It’s about the vision of George MacLeod to restore the Abbey at Iona and how he used this project to grow a new breed of minister whose training was not simply found in books but through handling bricks and mortar and committing to a life of daily prayer and reflection. Macleod wanted to raise up a generation of ministers who not only would...
posted: 15 Aug 2014
FAITH IN THE FESTIVAL
Streets are busy
shoes on ground
sandals on feet
feeling well grounded.
Hoping to meet the unexpected
in a new idea
in a different mood
in a familiar place
while reading an unfamiliar face
Hands hold drinks
sun glasses reflect the sky
food is cooked
stories are told
songs are sung
dancers turn and spin
pictures are painted
art displayed stretches the truth
Everyone is telling a story
in different ways.
posted: 15 Aug 2014
It seems a long time since Jubilee Hope left the Clyde on the 22nd January 2014 to set sail on the first leg of her journey to Mombasa in Kenya. A lot of hard work and preparation has gone into making the ship ready for its long voyage of over 8,500 miles. I remember going to look at the ship before we bought it when it was the Dunster I think it was at Goole in 2010. I was commissioned to take pictures. I remember rowing around the ship in a rubber dingy taking...