After a short but hectic jaunt to London, I was ready to rest today. I slept for 10 hours straight (hardly ever happens) last night – still can’t quite believe it!

So the picture today is: 

Yes – a wee rest on the sofa, cup of coffee and a cuddle with the cat.


Living on the West Coast of Scotland, the chances of our wee bit of the earth (or any of the creatures living on it) being parched is remote. So I was struggling for a photo idea for today’s word, the only thing I could come up with was my empty and rapidly drying out coffee cup – the closest to parched I will be today.


Trading Joy

The trading of joy comes naturally because it is of the nature of joy to proclaim and share itself. Joy cannot contain itself, as we say. It overflows.

Frederick Buechner

This was this morning’s thought from inward/outward, and it came through just as I was thinking about the worship theme for this coming Sunday (yes I am starting back to work at last).

I was thinking about recognition and how we all need to be recognised, appreciated and loved. And I was reminded of this wonderful short film, part of which I am hoping to show on Sunday morning.

So if you have a dose of the Monday morning blues – then grab a coffee, put your feet up and watch this – I guarantee it will make you smile 🙂

Faith has me…

it’s faith that has me
not the other way round

i try to shake it loose
and i don’t know whether it’s habit
or the god i can’t believe in
but somehow i am wrapped
in this story
and it won’t let me go

so today,
i wondered again
how i would survive a moment
and a place
that seem overwhelming.
and maybe it’s only the memory of faith
i heard telling me
trust the wisdom that’s here
in this moment

i will.

Some musing from Cheryl at hold this space … she wrote this when she should have been preparing something else!

I love this – and it  covers sentiments shared in a conversation I had with a friend over coffee earlier today.

I find it reassuring that faith has me and not the other way around.

There was a time in my life when I walked away from faith. I found ‘churchy’ stuff – all the requirements and expectations overwhelming – and I wanted out.

But 10 years later – like Cheryl – I found that I couldn’t quite shake it off and gradually I rediscovered faith.

And this ‘rediscovery’ was the beginning of a new journey, one which would take me into the ordained ministry

I too am wrapped in this story and it won’t let me go.

Picture is ‘hymn of praise’ by Jonny Baker on Flickr

Just imagine…

An appropriate piece for this Christian Aid Week when we see how a coffee bean can transform a village:

They are right,
those who doubt what we do.
It is purely the product of over-active imaginations.

Who but the foolish would look at barren ground and imagine food for all,
see past desolation and believe it will become an oasis,
would not be stopped by war, but live for the day it will be peace,
and reach deep into the world’s fear in the prayer it would bring life.

So if faith is the terrain of the deluded
then may you leave here with the faith of the fools
who have loved the world since it’s beginning
and will live for its redemption until its end.

(From Cheryl at holdthisspace)

Imagine what would change if we had the “faith of fools” – praying… acting and giving out of love and living for redemption.

Work rules…

Here is another great quote about work:

“How to work better.

1. Do one thing at a time
2. Know the problem
3. Learn to listen
4. Learn to ask questions
5. Distinguish sense from nonsense
6. Accept change as inevitable
7. Admit mistakes
8. Say it simple
9. Be calm
10. Smile

Peter Fischli & David Weiss

Great advice for work… for ministry… for life as each tumbles one into another.

And as for no 10 – I think it should be no 1. Smiling gets you though no matter how you are feeling or what chaos is erupting all around you. (Trust me I know!!)

And why is coffee NOT on this list – it would be my no 2 (after smile).

BTW… why am I thinking about work when I am on holiday? Good question 🙂