Monthly Archives: April 2017

tackling poverty …


“I am not a client, a customer, nor a service user. I am not a shirker, a scrounger, a beggar, nor a thief. I’m not a National Insurance Number or blip on a screen. I paid my dues, never a penny short, and proud to do so. I don’t tug the forelock, but look my neighbour in the eye and help him if I can. I don’t accept or seek charity. My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog... read more

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Giving Thanks

‘Give thanks with a grateful heart’ is something which we sing regularly in the Church where I worship. If I’m honest, though, giving thanks is actually something which I feel I don’t do enough of. It’s something which we might think of in Church life around September or October. That’s when Harvest Thanksgiving comes round, whatever that might look like in urban Scotland today. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to say thank you – and I’ve been there too.

When you go to Google, and type in ‘saying thank you’ a whole range of answers pop up, from self-help, to life-coaching, and other insights from the corporate world... read more

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One bud at a time


Spring arrives slowly. One bud at a time. At first, you don’t even notice. A green shoot here, a snow drop there. And the mornings gradually getting lighter. But these small signs of new life are frequently obscured by grey clouds or the odd sleety shower. Or by the tiredness that our bodies have been nursing.

Sometimes we want to just jump ahead. Let it be summer! Let our lives be filled with sun and warmth. And yet, life gradually winds its way past obstacles to be negotiated and relationships to be nurtured... read more

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Changing Times


Bob Dylan wrote a song entitled “The Times They Are A-Changin”, and change is something that I’ve spent the last year reflecting about and pondering on. 2016 saw a lot of changes within our world: Brexit, the election of a new President in the United States of America, and a loss of so many of the “great and the good” from different walks of life, all spring to mind.

The effects of these changes are still being felt in the early months of 2017, and will continue to be felt far into the future... read more

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