After the last Christmas Eve service, in church rectories and manses across the world, many clergy will sit down and pour themselves a glass of single malt whisky, take a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag #clergymaltclub.
I thought it might be fun to start writing some #throwbackThursday blog posts with some stories from my past. This one takes place during my curacy at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness sometime between 2000 and 2003.
Our deacon used to take home communion to a number of people who were housebound or found it difficult to attend church every week. Among his home visits was an elderly lady in the Isobel Fraser residential home; let’s call her Mrs Macgregor. Sadly, our deacon’s family had a major crisis and so I volunteered to take on his visiting commitments including Mrs Macgregor.
This is the daily meditation from a few days ago in the Northumberland Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer (book two) which I have been meditating on for the last few days. I hope it encourages someone as it did me, in these strange days.
Go peaceful in gentleness through the violence of these days. Give freely. Show tenderness in all your ways.
Through darkness, in troubled times let holiness be your aim. Seek wisdom. Let faithfulness burn like a flame.
God speed you! God lead you, and keep you wrapped around His heart! May you be known by love.
Be righteous. Speak truthfully in a world of greed and lies. Show kindness. See everyone through heaven’s eyes.
God hold you, enfold you, and keep you wrapped around His heart. May you be known by love.