For the last few days I have been thinking again about the dark places of life. Not because, at this moment ,I am experiences a dark place myself, although there have been periods in life I have known something of it – but I have been struck again by how our attitudes to the dark places of life can either bring us down even further or help us reach towards the light.
However, there is more to it than that – because, strange though it seems to us, it is, very often, in the very place of darkness itself, that place some have called ‘The dark night of the soul’ (John of the Cross) that light is to be found. Continue Reading
Last week I spent some time in the little fishing village of Gardenstown in Aberdeenshire. Down on the small harbour, painted prominently on the sea wall are the words ‘GOD IS LOVE’. As the crews in their small vessels head out to sea – these are the last words they will see – and the first when they return. Continue Reading
For most of us, happiness and sadness, joy and sorrow are the opposites of each other. We think it almost impossible to be happy and sad or full of joy and sorrow at one and the same time.
But is this really as impossible as we believe? An old friend of mine, who I consider to be one of the godliest people I have ever known, came to faith in Jesus many years ago at the bedside of his dying wife. So filled was he with joy, as well as sorrow, when he stood at her graveside a few days later, he was concerned people might have though he was going mad – or at least not showing the level of obvious sorrow they might have expected. Even today, as an old man coping with loneliness and ill health that joy is still manifest. Continue Reading