In the midst of the very considerable restrictions on the previous shape of my work of travelling to visit, encourage and challenge churches, in September, I was able, thanks to a visit to congregations in Skye, to spend a couple of reflective/active days in the landscape of Scotland. This was also a way of marking my 25 years in ordained Christian Ministry ( September 1995).
On the walls of ancient churches, like Iona Abbey, you may find both a cat (contemplative) and a monkey ( active). For these few days, I combined the two.
Here I present my video diary, and some of the Psalms which I took with me, having asked friends which Bible passages they felt would be spoken to by amazing locations. I am an occasional hillwalker, rather than a mountain-climber, so I didn’t go up things I was likely to fall off, but enjoyed some wonderful sights.
Filming is, of course, rough and ready. but as good as I could manage. The locations stretch perception. Overall, a reminder to place yourself, either imaginatively or actually, in the concrete situations referred to in Biblical imagery, rather than watering things down with abstraction. The majority of the visuals are from the immediate occasion, with some added.
25th Anniversary Retreat Video Diary….
Part 1; Red Point : the End of the Road
[Goes with Psalm 8 under the stars) https://youtu.be/9htGaJcYDps
Part 2: The Skye Cuilin on an open-ended day
\-What do we need to set out? https://youtu.be/Fz04lNrRkwQ
[Goes with Psalm 121 on Sgurr Alastair https://youtu.be/oRJ9N0BJ0Nc
Part 3 Bein Damh – with the view that brought me to Applecross.
Cake and Eat it/ What a Mountain really is….
[Goes with Lord’s prayer https://youtu.be/6OTQdsQVY1A
Part 4: Rest Day: the Cycle of the Kingdom
(building on my observation of the cyclic nature of Creation and the Kingdom) We are Mostly Water.
Part 5: The Lost Valley, panting with the deer, and some reflections on the value of the Reformation, and love-songs.
Psalms as pilgrimage
It’s a recognised way of Bible reflection, to read passages over and over. I added to that what came to mind in a location.
Psalm 8 as a pilgrimage https://youtu.be/QnmQFYJAe6c
Psalm 121 as a pilgrimage https://youtu.be/QxtfZvzVtcY
Psalm 139 as a pilgrimage https://youtu.be/YT7mPZEK48U
Psalm 95 with dancing strangers https://youtu.be/DwtB4MF2X-s
Psalm 36 by a mountain stream https://youtu.be/FI_uliYNULk