Monday, 31 October 2011


Where would you expect me to be when thinking about the above things? In the maintenance shed whilst picking paint for work? In the kitchen whilst cooking? In the guest rooms whilst making beds? Out shopping? Looking at the Argos catalogue or on Amazon?

Nope. In church. Yes, not only in church, but in the leader's desk while leading a service.

Do you think you can get so used to something to the point you get blasé, even when you're the one leading it? Clearly so!

2 years living in community with 2 services every day, 9am and 9pm...

Is it a wonder at times I switch off and my mind wanders? Not really.

But is that such a bad thing? To me: not really. You can't always engage with everything all of the time. Can you? If you can, I don't think you're a true human. End of.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Music for the soul

Lately I have listened to a lot of music, and have also started to play my guitar again. I have even written a new song in the last week. Life is changing. Fast. Sometimes music feels stable.

Tonight I have been listening to the Wailin' Jennys. For a few reasons/memories I find them tricky to listen to. But after a 'jukebox' last night with some friends I was challenged to listen to them again. So here I am.

"Take me where the angels are close at hand
Take me where the ocean meets the sky and the land
Show me to the wisdom of the evening star
There's only one way to mend a broken heart"

Short post as I don't have many words tonight. Bed.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Memories and dreams

So I went for a wander this afternoon up to St Anthony's Chapel...

It was a lovely sunny afternoon, although not by the time I got up the hill! The only annoying this was that there were people there. People? How dare they!

In my sight there was the castle, the Scott Monument, Calton Hill, the football stadium, the sea, Fife, power stations, houses, the city centre, Dynamic Earth, a pond full of happy ducks... The list goes on. Some of it doesn't sound so lovely, and to be honest it isn't that lovely. But some of it is lovely. And if you put the lovely and the not so lovely together, you get Edinburgh.

There's many memories up there There's many dreams looking out from it. With less than 12 weeks left on Iona before moving back to Edinburgh, it's hard to try to mix those memories and dreams together.

There's a theme in my blogs and general life lately - leaving Iona. Did you guess?! Guess what's taking up my mind right now! There's an awful lot more in there, but this is the easiest stuff to share I guess. Dum dee dum!

Memories and dreams,
Mine and yours.
Memories and dreams,
Challenging and rewarding.
Memories and dreams,
For now and always.