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St Columba's Crosspool

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Thank you and Scottish Blessing

I would like to Thank You so much for the gifts from you all, which was so so generous. I look forward to wearing my stole which will remind me of services taken in both church buildings in Crosspool, Sheffield and I intend to put the rest of the gift towards a bike, which will be my main means of transport for my first few months in Edinburgh! Fortunately, Edinburgh is less hilly than Sheffield so my fitness won’t be so tested. The book is also a lovely gift to remember you all and I was very touched by your comments and the amazing photos – I will treasure it. I will miss you more than I can express and look forward to seeing many of you on September 12th 2021. I leave you with this a Beannacht – a Scottish Blessing written by one of my favourite writers, John O’Donohue:

On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the ghost of loss gets into you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green and azure blue, come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life.

With Much Love Rev. Iain xxx