A spacious place

“Into your hands I commit my spirit…” Some of Jesus’ last words as he hung on the cross, in order to bring God’s cosmic rescue plan to completion, and found here in the words of David to his God. David knows that his spirit is safe only in God’s hands. He declares that God has kept him safe from the enemy and set his feet in a spacious place.

Heavily defended

We keep our hearts well defended, at least that’s my experience. The more we are hurt, the tighter our defences become. The more we give our hearts away and are disappointed, the more we keep them heavily guarded. This phrase about the gates lifting up their heads made me think of men defending a gate, keeping their heads down, not even looking at what might be approaching.

Unfathomable

When I think about the universe, it isn’t too long before my head starts to turn itself inside out with the effort of attempting to fathom the unfathomable! The sheer size and scale of the known universe is simply mind-blowing – and then to even consider the unknown universe sends my brain into meltdown. And this psalm seems to suggest that the heavens’ job is to declare the glory of God – to reveal knowledge about him to the ends of the earth.

Passing the baton

Christine Murison recently retired after 33 years of unstinting service – just before she left, she summed up what SU Scotland will look like post-Christine.

SU Magazine Nov 2014

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Lendrick Muir to host Soul Survivor Scotland

Calling all young people and youth leaders - great news! We're delighted to announce that our Lendrick Muir centre near Kinross is to host Soul Survivor Scotland next summer.

Glory

I’ve been thinking a bit about ‘glory’ recently. What does the word conjure up for you, I wonder? We had a look together at John 17 at New Staff Retreat and you can’t read that chapter without encountering the idea of ‘glory’. Jesus prays that he will be glorified, just as he has brought glory to his father on earth.

No one else can play your part

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. You may ask why we are talking about that on the SU Scotland blog. Here’s why. Suicide is a leading cause of death in Scotland among people aged 15-34 years.

The Big Celebration 2014

We had a fantastic day a few Saturday's ago as we celebrated 'the word at work in the world' at Lendrick Muir! Here's a glimpse of how the day went...

A taste for politics

You might have noticed an excellent interview with Laurie Donaldson earlier this month in the new edition of Scottish Christian Broadcast. They have kindly given us permission to repost that interview for you in it's entirety here.

@SU Magazine | Summer 2014

The Summer 2014 edition of @SU Magazine is available to read online.

Carrying the Queens Baton

The big day came to carry the baton through the place I have the joy of living in, and amongst the people who are in my community. I really enjoyed the build up with the other baton bearers... all a bit nervous but feeling proud. It's all about the 'spirit of friendship' and that was the case for me.