Young Guido Brunetti was playing Hide & Seek with his friends in the calle (narrow street) in Venice when he decided to hide under the canvas cover of a boat moored near his home. Waiting to be found, in the early Spring sunshine, he soon fell asleep. He was awakened suddenly by a desperate high pitched voice calling his name – it was his mother. The author of the story continues – Continue Reading
The Heart of God
How can you understand God? I would have thought that when God veiled himself in flesh and appeared on earth as a human in the person of Jesus – when he took on our weakness and saw at first hand how ignorant we were regarding the Being and character of God – that he would have spent his time trying to correct our misconceptions of Him by giving detailed and definitive theological sermons about his nature. Instead, for the most part, it appears he told stories – stories which were open to interpretation, misinterpretation or that simply went right over the heads of those who heard them. The truth is he also appears to have raised as many questions as answers! As far as we know he never preached long sermons, rarely touched on what we now call theology and appeared content to live with misunderstanding. Continue Reading
Held close to his mother the baby fed gently at her breast. A short time later, full and satisfied, he lay in her arms as she smiled down at him. As all infants this baby too was helpless – totally dependent on his mother for sustenance, care, love and life. Yet this baby was God – a God unconditionally restricted and absolutely resigned to the care and love of a human mother – she his benefactor and yet he, mysteriously, hers. Continue Reading
Words are interesting things – they have always fascinated me. Take the small words which are the title of this post – ‘Be & Is’. Of course they mean very different things – but sometimes they are mistaken for one another.
If I write to you and say – ‘I believe your friend is with you’ that is a statement of belief on my part that your friend is personally in your company. However if I say ‘I believe your friend will be with you’ that statement may be understood to mean either that I hope your friend is with you at this time or that your friend will be with you at some time in the future. Continue Reading
Earlier today I took a short walk in the beautiful Autumn sunshine here on the Isle of Skye. I was thinking of nothing in particular at the time when a thought came to me from from nowhere. And it was this – ‘The Prodigal son did not return to his father for love but for economic reasons’. Continue Reading