6th August 2021            A Candle in the Window            Peter Millar

Words to encourage us in these times            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The sun breaking through:

I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field

for a while, and gone my way and forgotten it. But that was the pearl

of great price, the one that had the treasure in it. I realise now

that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past.

It is turning aside like Moses to the miracle

of the lit bush, to a brightness that seemed as transitory as your youth

once, but is the eternity that awaits you. (The great, late R. S. Thomas.)

The fleeting hour:

Bless to us, O God, this time – this fleeting hour,

this window for eternal uses to shine upon the temporary,

this blink of time when we stand back

to see the pattern of our days,

this chance to remember we are blessed beyond belief.

(Written by the late Revd David Ogston, a minister in the Church of Scotland)


Living each day in solidarity:

In these times of huge global change we ask you the living God - Mother and Father of all, that we may live each precious day in solidarity with street children everywhere, with local forest workers trying to save the trees and the wild life within them, with those driven from their country and with nowhere to rest their head at night, with those trying to build a small damaged hut for their family, for those battling fires and floods and ruined homes, for political activists standing bravely against totalitarian regimes, for already poverty stricken families facing new levels of struggle, for those working every day to save our endangered species. And for those in every country on our shared planet who know well the uncertainties and challenges of today, but who also deeply believe that hope is not dead but alive, that we can work together creatively and with rearranged wisdoms in place for a new world order, that even one person can change the way millions of us think and act, that tyrants can be overthrown, that moral courage can reappear in whole populations, that ‘ lasting global justice’ and ‘simpler life-styles’ are not figments of  our imagination, and that active love and compassion remain firmly in place at the heart of our expectant, aware. connected human family in all of its magical variety and mind-blowing inventiveness.

(I wrote these words today, the 6th of August, thinking with many others, that on this date the world church commemorates the Transfiguration of Christ, and that on this day people around the world remember the atom bombs felling from the skies upon the Japanese people. On the 6th of August 1945 the first bomb fell on the city of Hiroshima and on the 9th of August the second bomb fell on the city of Nagasaki. It estimated that between 129,000 and 226,000, mostly civilians, died on these two dates. We now know that hundreds of thousands more Japanese people became terminally and critically ill in the days and months after the bombs were dropped. And as we remember them and their loved ones, we give thanks today for all those who today are giving of their time, energy and imagination to the abolition of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Surely this is a work of goodness and love throughout our world, a shooting star of light, whatever our understanding of life may be. And one day it will come about. Peter)

The Ancient Way:

The Ancient Way lies before me, the way of my mothers and fathers. It is the Way of Life - strong life, courageous life, kind life.

A Way that beholds beauty and welcomes wonder, a Way that nurtures life and wrestles wisdom, a Way that that fosters freedom and bespeaks blessing.

I seek to follow well-worn paths to new places, moving by divine pulse and breath, stopping to give thanks along the Way.

Dancing joy and laughing pleasure, wiping tears and lending strength, sheltering the vulnerable and feeding the hungry.

This is my great desire, day by day and moment by moment, for Your life, O God, to be my light and my love for all time.      Carla A Gross-Miller