Place, people and presence [Malachi 1:10-13a, Matthew 28:16-20]

Which matters more: the place where you are, or the people who are present with you? Much of the time the two go hand in hand, and, in practice, we set up places where we meet the people who are important to us. Church is a good example. Sometimes, though, we need to separate the …

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Travelling along [Isaiah 42:16-20]

The past couple of decades (and indeed the past two or three years) have seen huge changes in our ability to orient and locate ourselves in the world. One significant change has been the ability to know where we are virtually every step of the way, and we’ve largely used technology to do this.  Being …

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Conflict and co-operation [Matthew 8:18-22]

Walking the majority of the northern section of the Whithorn Pilgrim Way is pleasant and easy. Whether strolling through parkland or by the sea, west central Scotland manages to combine countryside and convenience. You can walk all the way from Glasgow to Maybole and never be more than fifteen minutes walk from a Morrison’s supermarket, …

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Focus and selection [Isaiah 48:17-21]

Ailsa Craig The middle section of the Whithorn Pilgrim Way was, perhaps, the most scenic. The weather was at least partly responsible, and I enjoyed walks with uninterrupted sunshine and cloudless blue skies looking over the Firth of Clyde. Towards Turnberry With views like these, it is little wonder that people travel halfway round the …

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Destinations, diversions and dinghies [John 4:1-13]

Last summer I followed the Whithorn Pilgrim Route from Glasgow. Part of that walk took me from Lochwinnoch, via Dalry and Kilwinning, to Troon. As I travelled, it struck me that destinations and diversions are both important and influential; and I recognised more fully the importance of the sea and the courage of those who …

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