12,000 miles sounds closer


My first grandchild
Looks back at me through her lens
18,000 kilometres away
12,000 miles sounds closer.

The eyes cut through the separation
The innocent smile brings joy and pain
That co habitate like the knowledge of heaven and hell.

The exuberance
The energy
The beauty
Awakens the soul from it’s rest.

The eyes ask no questions of my weaknesses
The face cuts through the Scottish mist like a glad glint of sun.

The smile confirms the present
And says “I am your future”.


My daughter in law posted this photo of my grandaughter on social media. She is in Australia. I am in Scotland. We are 18,000 kilomtres apart. 12,000 miles sounds closer !.

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Estranged in the mind

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭21-22‬ NKJV)

Estranged in the mind
By wicked works
That secure the constant lie
That even though married
We live in separate houses
God and me.

The mind lies
The mind numbs
The mind screams
The mind alienates.

But God has not moved.
The covenant of promise is the reality
That overides the mind voice
Like a lighthouse sword
Fighting the constant crushing waves
But always wins
Ready for the next tide
The next wave

The mind now one with truth
Lives in the same house
God and me.

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Highland Laddie

He was a highland laddie 
Grew up in the great glen
Played shinty for Fort William
A man amongst men.

He played the highland pipes
With heartbeat rhythms felt
That pumped his blood within
While wearing his clan’s kilt.

Fishing at Loch Linnie
Would stir his Gaelic pride
As he viewed the heather
His Lassie by his side…

…he wakes up from his dream
And yet his dream lives on
To prove his Scottishness 
And confirm where he comes from.


The watery grave

The watery grave
Is proof I was saved.

It wasn’t my death
Only the funeral
For a life on Death Road.

God is so practical.
Doesn’t use dirt
Only a liquid grave:
A useful coffin
For a useless life.

Then a watery resurrection 
Something that has never existed before
Rises powerfully,
To an endless life
With unnatural desires
For a consummate God.

Exchanged offering
Exchanged capacity
For a watery entrance;
Wonderful !.

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Weight of relationship


Joined together by weight of relationship 
Nothing else.

Dig in
Stand strong in the good soil

Weeds grow around it
Try to look big and powerful 
Gone as quick as they grow
Vulnerable to seasons and times.

The stones still stand
Nothing to prove
They are who they are
Stones, strong, resistant to weather
Bound together by its own strength
By the weight of relationship.

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Because such is life

People with their dogs
People with their cats
Falling off a log
Slipping on a mat.

Smoking cigarettes 
Breathing selfishness
Sport heroes largess
Demonic effectiveness.

Misunderstood opinion 
Nail in a tyre
Tears from an onion
Smoke from a fire.

Pains in the neck
Patience always tried
Useless getting upset
Because such is life.

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The drone on the bagpipes

The bass drone on the bagpipes play
The man in his kilt plays it
The misty Scottish air receives it 
A constant sound
Under the melody
Always whining
Always sighing
Under lying.

In his emotions
He feels he is not good enough
His misty heart receives it 
A constant sound
Hidden under the mechanics of his life
Always whining
Always sighing
Always lying.


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I give You my heart

I found my purpose
I glorify You
I see Your purpose
I magnify You

Now Your Kingdom
Grows in me
With a sincere heart
I draw near.

I give You my heart
I give You my heart
You are God
You are good,
When the going is tough
My heart will trust
You are God
You are good.

Now Your blood
Has left its mark
Your Spirit is free
To write on my heart

Beholding Jesus
Beholding Love
Ever grateful
For my brand new heart.

Words and music by Peter Hall. Copyright.


In the place of God

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? (Genesis 50:15-19 NKJV)


With a nature unredeemed
Forgiving is not a natural act
Like eating, or drinking, or sleeping.

Even with a nature redeemed
Forgiving becomes a natural act
But like giving birth
It’s life comes from a very temporary pain.

An unforgiving heart 
Says that it knows best
Thinks that it makes the best judgement 
Feels it needs revenge
Is ignorant that vengeance is God’s right and wisdom
Places itself superior to God’s knowledge.

An unforgiving heart 
Puts itself in the place of God.

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Their mouths go dry
Their voices sigh
They get so high
Break necks to try
To tell us there’s no God.

Their breath stinks
As they drink
Do their thing
And they don’t think
Lecturing us there’s no God.

But angry mouths
Go deep south
Under their crown
Under their frown
Yelling there’s no God.

To think they believe 
Their anger achieves
That Christians get relieved 
From what they are deceived
Their faith in a good God.

But atheists are not real
Their own innate knowledge steal
And ignore what their spirit feels
So they don’t have to kneel
To the true and Living God.


….He has put eternity in their hearts… (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV)

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge…(Romans 1:20, 28 NKJV)

Atheists get angry at Christians. But there are no true atheists because God has created all of us with an innate knowledge of Him. There are no true atheists…they are just angry.


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