Hasn't it been the most glorious summer? When Anna and I were on holiday, we took a walk part way up Meikle Bin and were bowled over by the beauty and peace of this forested hill, just a few miles from Kilsyth. Indeed, the area to the north of the Kilsyth Hills is unfairly neglected by hill walkers and rambers who tend to head further north.
In my wanders through the hills a coupe of years ago, a strange thing I noticed is how invisible the city is from the heights. From Glasgow you can see the Campsie Fells in quite dramatic detail but looking the other way, the Clyde Valley looks more like a wide forest with the odd structure visible in the distance.
The countryside is a sobering reminer that we are just a part of nature, and a pretty small one at that, despite our technology and our spread all over the globe. Where we are significant is to God who is more interested in our hearts than in the things we make and do. With great heart we have walked together ove the past 18 months and, while we are not yet out of the pandemic, we have shown what we can do as a family, as a Church and as a community.
Matched besde the world, we are insignificant; matched beside one another we are capable of absolutely any good.
Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not only earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(Colossians 3: 1 - 4)
God bless you all.