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Then justice will reside in wild lands, and righteousness will abide in farmlands. The fruit of righteousness will be peace, and the outcome of righteousness, calm and security forever. Then my people will live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places.Isaiah 32.16-18 Dear friends, it has been a long time since…

making peace

Ever since I returned from Gaza last month the poem 'Making Peace' by Denise Levertov has been playing on a loop in my head. I am always amazed by the rich artistic expression we experience in Gaza. The girls of Darraj psychosocial clinic welcomed us with dancing. We drove past street art on the tree-lined…

christ today

I’ve now lived in Tiberias for nearly four years. Each morning, as I walk down the hill from the manse to the Scots Hotel, I look out across the Sea of Galilee and watch the rising sun cast dancing shimmers on the water.  A ten minute drive north along the lakeside leads to Magdala, the…

gazan voices

Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. PRoverbs 31.8 Painting in the YMCA art studio I don’t actually believe that there is such a thing as a voiceless person. Even amongst those who are most oppressed.  Everyone has a voice. Those in positions of privilege choose…