Saturday, 29 October 2022
Sunday, 16 October 2022
“I love my master” – how distinct has been
The speaking! – “my wife, and my children,
I will not go free”.
(Loanhead 13 June 2022)
So He came forth, the Universe-maker,
Heaven-measurer, to be confined within
The breadth of a tomb.
He who had spread out the heavens
As a tent to dwell in was prepared to be
Bound up in fine linen.
(Loanhead 15 June 2022)
He ascended, and “set himself down
On the right hand of the greatness on high”.
The Father raised Him
By His glory; welcomed Him in glory,
Enfolded Him in heavenly glory.
(Loanhead 17 June 2022)
He was made alive
In the Spirit, acted by the Spirit,
Set forth the dawn of the day of the Spirit.
(Loanhead Lord’s day 19 June 2022)
Effulged on the day of resurrection
As the Shepherd ranged among His flock.
Once laid aside, now enjoyed,
Along with the One known now as Father.
(Loanhead 20 June 2022)
After the cataract
The river broadens, becomes an estuary,
Imperceptibly merges into the ocean.
From the glen’s darkness
The way emerges; the view broadens
Over the strath’s fertility.
(Loanhead 21 June 2022)
Enter by the porch
The house of God; see the enlarging,
The upward increase: for “the house had width upward”.
(Loanhead 22 June 2022)
Jesus Christ has come:
To all generations of the ages of ages
There will be glory unto God
In the assembly in Christ Jesus.
(Loanhead 23 June 2022)
Tuesday, 4 October 2022
Crowds acclaimed Him, disciples kept by Him;
Yet in time, disowned, betrayed and denied:
No human company.
(Inverness, Whisk Away Café 4 June 2022)
God’s action: He “gave his strength into
Captivity, and his glory into
The hand of the oppressor”.
There is no garden in Gethsemane;
All was the press of the spirit of Jesus:
Unbounded in blessing; dweller in
Unbounded light; unbounded grace led
To being bound.
The Leader and Completer of faith has been
Led; the Leader of salvation led; the Originator of life
Has been slain.
(Tushielaw, 10 June 2022)
The feet that had walked in the Father’s way;
The hands that had reached out in blessing:
Men pinned to the cross.
(Tushielaw, 11 June 2022)
Denizen of eternal glory;
Habitue of the Father’s presence;
A forsaken Man.
Emmanuel, the Root and Offspring of David;
The Lamb of God; the Saviour of the world;
A forsaken Man.
(Loanhead, Lord’s day 12 June 2022)
Saturday, 1 October 2022
The Ocean-master, Lord of whale-routes,
Could come to be buffeted by winds,
Asleep on a boat.
But nothing could prevent
The Lord of wind and waves from
Making waves His path.
(Gearrannan junction 3 June 2022)
Confined to Israel, His recalcitrant people,
His grace ensured crumbs from the table
Reached Gentile dogs.
Birds had nests; and the foxes their earth;
Mem, palaces and hovels; but the Son of Man
Had no place on earth.
Yet what did it mean
To Him, that He could spend His nights
Abroad on the Mount of Olives?
(Stornoway, Loch Seaforth 4 June 2022)
Babes only He consorted with, fishers,
Yet His time and patience made them truly
The wise and prudent.
Thus the footsteps of Jesus funnelled
To Israel narrowed in His straitening
The city of the great King, Jerusalem;
How He desired that the murderous city
Should rather nestle to Him!
The Eternal One, entering His creation
Found the time limits He accepted
Meant His time must come.
(Loch Seaforth, The Minch)