‘God of Surprises’

Dear Friends, Do you ever wake up thinking of a friend you’ve not seen for a while? That’s what happened to me this morning. His name is Inderpal Chopra Singh, he lives in Colorado Springs. We first met in Edinburgh when he was studying computer science, and I was working...

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Storytime

Dear Friends, Once the children are in their pajamas and the teeth have been brushed, we settle down on the floor for the bedtime stories. Each one can choose a book and provided I am not too tired, we read until all are done. Sometimes, I may begin to nod...

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Brief Encounters

Dear Friends,It began in the school car park! I was dropping our daughter off at pre-school and gottalking with one of the other dads about getting our childrensigned up for his recreational basketball sessions. Well, onething led to another, and after I let it slip that I had played alittle...

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Awake, O Sleeper, Arise

Dear Friends, “5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6   When searching for inspiration,...

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The Beauty and Wonder of God’s Creation

Dear Friends, Every year, my mother sends a new ‘Wild Britain’ calendar which is produced by the BBC’s Countryfile TV program. It features the twelve best wildlife or nature photographs with the winner’s also enjoying pole position on the front cover and is hanging in my office. Come and see...

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Happy New Year

Dear Friends, Let me begin by wishing you a Happy New Year and a Happy Epiphany.   With the joy of Christmas still resounding in our carols, this week, we celebrate the visit of the Magi and the feast of the Epiphany. A few days ago, we marveled at the...

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It’s Still Christmas

Merry Christmas Friends, “Did you have a good Christmas?” I heard someone ask. But, it is still Christmas all the way up to January 6th which is when we celebrate the visit of the Wise Men at what the church calls Epiphany. Cast your minds back to the anticipation and...

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Keep It Simple

Do you feel stretched in too many directions at Christmas. It’s understandable withall the demands placed upon us. The list of pressures seems endless, from whichhalf of the family to visit and where to be, then there is time and finance andbeyond. And yet, the message of Christmas could not...

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The Power of Storytelling

Dear Friends I’ve just finished watching the Fun ‘n’ Friends pageant video composed of images, music and a narrative telling the story of the birth of Christ Jesus our Lord. A wonderful telling of the Christmas story we celebrate every year. Thank you, Fun ‘n’ Friends, great job! This week...

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Be Prepared!

Dear Friends The motto of the Scout movement when I was a boy was “Be Prepared”.   No doubt Baden-Powell had learned the importance of preparedness in the army. The modern soldiers are taught “Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.” And that is probably how it came into scouting.   John...

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