Tuesday, 27 July 2021

"Lord of the heaven and of the earth"

 So Jesus answered, saying, "Father, Lord

Of heaven and earth ..."; the One who has the right

To give to each their suitable award,

Has hidden things from those who claim the light,

Since giving to the poor was His delight;

The wise may model heaven by astrolabes:

The Father gives His model to the babes.

Matthew 11: 25.


Hawthornden House was the home of the poet Sir William Drummond (1585-1649).

Tuesday, 20 July 2021


Near Bonnyrigg, Midlothian

"My Father's" will was Jesus' first concern

And those who do it know His graciousness

As those who are His family, they learn;

They are the persons whom He came to bless,

And with His Father those He will confess,

Because, before He went to bear their guilt

He said, "not as I will but as thou wilt".

Matthew 12: 50; 10: 32;  26: 39.

Thursday, 15 July 2021


The Union Canal at Ratho

When those who love our Lord and Saviour gather

To pray unto the One whom He made known

They have the liberty to say, "Our Father ...".

They long to reverence His Name alone;

They long to see the glory of His throne;

They trust in Him to bear them on His arm,

To meet their needs, and shelter them from harm.

Monday, 12 July 2021


When you give alms let your left hand not know

What your right hand does; for "thy Father" sees

In secret: He discerns what you bestow.

Close yourself in when you bow down your knees:

"Thy Father" only is the One to please;

And do not fast for other men to see:

"Thy Father's" grace "shall render it to thee".

Matthew 6: 1; 6: 6; 6: 18

"Thy" rather than "your" is singular.

Saturday, 10 July 2021


Dryhope Tower and the views from it

Your Father who is in the heavens gives

Good gifts, and as His people's nature shows

His feature of forgiveness He forgives.

He gives good gifts because your Father knows

What's better than the gifts you might propose.

And, as the gifts He gives you are applied

In lives, your Father will be glorified.

Tuesday, 6 July 2021


 By St Mary's Loch, Scottish Borders

Your heavenly Father knows that you have need

And therefore He will graciously provide

With clothes to wear, and bread on which to feed.

He is the One in whom you may confide,

As you set sins against yourself aside;

And all the wealth of heaven comes in view

Because Christ's heavenly Father planted you.

I have been pondering on the way in which the Lord Jesus brings out the truth of relationships with the Father.  This verse refers to Matthew 6: 32, 6: 14, 15: 13.