Letter from the Manse

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Help in Prayer

Do you ever struggle to pray? Most of us do. We know that praying is a wonderful privilege. We know that God is willing to give us countless good things when we pray. We remember that in the past we have found great delight as we’ve prayed. Yet there are times when we simply don’t want to pray. We’ve set aside half an hour each morning to pray. The time has come. But we don’t want to. So we dawdle over our breakfast, listen to one more pointless interview on the radio, …

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Solitary

We’re living in a society where it’s becoming easier and easier to avoid face to face communication.

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The Best Book to Read

The best book to read is the Bible! How do we cope when we find Bible-reading boring and unrewarding?  And what can we do about it? 

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Taking a Gamble

How many times has it happened over the past few weeks? I’m accosted by a smiling lady as I leave the supermarket.‘Hi, We’re raising funds for the local hospital. Would you like to buy a lottery ticket?’ One of the neighbours’ children is standing on the doorstep looking hopeful. ‘We’ve got a raffle going at school for the new gym. Do you want to win a prize?’ 

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Uncertainty

As we enter 2019, it feels to me as if the New Year is marked by a huge degree of uncertainty – perhaps more so than any previous year that I remember during my life.

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