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A Prayer from the Scottish Bard 25th January, 2013

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230px-PG_1063Burns_NaysmithcropToday would be Rabbie Burns’ 217th birthday.  This is the day Scotland remembers and celebrates life and work of Robert Burns (a very likely ancestor of mine, since he’s an Ayrshire lad too!)!  All across the nation this week people will be hosting Burns’ Suppers (check out the wiki entry for what that entails!).

Back in my young school days we would memorise and recite his poetry.  I think I was 10 when I learned To a Louse by Robert Burns, and there is part of a verse that has stuck with me all this time:

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion

That is:

O would some Power the Holy Spirit give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion

What a profound thought.  (And don’t you love it that an Old Scots church-word for Holy Spirit is the Giftie–the One who Gives Gifts). May God-given insight, poured into our lives, keep us from many a blunder!

Father in Heaven? 6th October, 2011

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I enjoyed these words….

What does it mean that our Father is in heaven?

It means that there’s no one bigger than our Dad – our Dad rules

He flung the stars into speckled space

He fashioned the blazing sun and deep lagoons of cloud and cluster

He created the planets, the constellations, and the galaxies

He conceived the Milky Way, the Helix Nebula, and the Pleiades

He made bubbles and arcs, nebulae and auras

He paints supernovas in effervescent colours

And stellar jets of iridescent glory

He out-thinks the physicist

And he dazzles the theologian

He preoccupies the astronomer

And inspires the poet with abundant wonder

He is beyond the reach of the Hubble telescope

Or the probing range of any Orbiter

He is what Eistein called “The Superior Reasoning Power”

And the Bible calls “The anther of Heavenly Lights”

He is my Dad, and he is your Dad

Our Dad, who is in Heaven, the Third Heaven,

Who dwells in unapproachable light

And who will one day make his home with us, on this tiny dot that is Earth

Mark Stibbe
(I am Your Father, p119) 

August Rush 29th March, 2008

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This is probably the most beautiful movie I’ve ever watched in my life! If you haven’t see it… you should!

I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales (August Rush).

August Rush DVD coverIt the story about a young musical genius, Evan Taylor who grows up in an orphanage. He has the amazing ability to “hear” music. As he goes about daily life, the every day things like the wind blowing and the rain falling to him are a beautiful melody. He’s convinced that his parents are still alive, that they are looking for him, and that “the music” will lead him to them. Leaving the orphanage he embarks on a journey where he learns how to play instruments and take what he hears in his head and make it reality. It’s a beautiful musical fairy tail that everyone needs to watch, calling us to take our eyes off of ourselves so that we can see and hear the amazing things that happen around us:

The music is all around you, all you have to do is listen.

As you can imagine, the soundtrack is spectacular! For someone like me who loves music, this movie stirs your very soul. What a line…

You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.

Mission Possible 5th August, 2006

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My second fundraising concert seems to have gone down well! It was in Our Lady of the Assumption & St Meddan’s Church in Troon. It’s such a stunning building, with wonderful acoustics, and I love performing there.

Concert Photo

There were about 300 people showed up to watch me and some friends perform, in an attempt to get the final amount I need for my first year studying at Multnomah. It is such a blessing to walk out and sing to a church full of people… (cf. my post about Starlight Express)!

I have some wonderful people supporting the work that I am doing, and I praise God for each of them. They are constant blessings to me and my ministry. Between paying for tickets, and people handing me donations as they spoke to me, the concert raised £1300! Which puts me at 100% for this first year, and gives me a start on the money I need for next year.

God promises he will provide… and he does! Not just financially, but also by placing around you people with various gifts and talents to help you along the way. I can’t name all the people who God has used, but I’ll say a special shout-out to my wonderful performers…

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Permanent Reminder 1st August, 2006

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tribal thistle —> New Tattoo

I have been thinking about getting a new tattoo for ages, and today I did!!! (I’ll put up a better picture at a later date, this is just a rough one for now). It’s my third tattoo… and i got it done on my left side, half of it is above my shorts line, and half below. And I got it as a reminder of some things… (more…)

Rembrandt 1st August, 2006

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I didn’t expect to ever be blogging about Classic Art!
I was at a worship time tonight. Before it, we were asked to look at a picture, and reflect on some aspect of what could be seen.

It was a Rembrandt Drawing, known as “Jesus saves Peter from drowning…

Jesus saves Peter from Drowning

Each person shared something that stood out to them… a lot of it spoke into my current situation. For me… i was drawn to the anchor. It’s up, not down. The sailor’s are on a journey. The boat is being carried along in the current, heading it’s direction. As Peter is stepping out of the boat, and heading for Jesus… it’s a different direction to the way the boat is heading…So then I begin to think about why this stood out to me?

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