My dear friends, I apologise for the extended break in blogging. For those of you who have written to me concerned you’ve dropped off the subscription list: you haven’t!
Most of you will know by now that these last few months since I returned from my holiday in Scotland have been enormously difficult. Justin has now returned to the UK to work, and I’ll remain here in Tiberias (with Coleridge, who was adamant he didn’t want to be subjected to an English winter). I don’t feel comfortable writing much more than that because it’s deeply personal and it’s not entirely my story to tell. But I do want to thank each of you who have offered prayers, support, encouragement, and a shoulder to cry on. I’ve been overwhelmed by the grace and compassion extended to both of us as we’ve made a heartbreaking — though I hope ultimately life-giving — decision.
I was back in Scotland again recently for a brief visit — a few days off to see friends and visit dear Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, and a few days of work. The fresh Scottish autumn air, colourful leaves, and snow(!) were balm for a wounded soul. But it’s good to be back in Tiberias where the temperatures have finally dropped, looking ahead to the winter rains, Christmas, and a new year, and lots of ideas and plans.
Slowly, slowly, I’m getting back on track with work and feeling my creative energy restored. I will return very soon with more posts. A new video blog about the Scottish Olive Grove is in the making. My one-year anniversary in Israel-Palestine is rapidly approaching and I’ll be reflecting on that. I’ve been doing some writing for Episcopal church newsletters, and once the articles are in print, I’ll post them here too.
In the meantime, you may or may not have noticed that I’ve added a page for sermons I’ve preached (not all of them!) and a page for my partner letters. (If you’re from Dundee or Dunfermline Presbyteries and you’re not receiving my partner letters and wish to, please speak to your Presbytery World Mission Convenor; if you’re not in one of those presbyteries and want to be on the mailing list, leave a comment and I’ll pass your details along to the relevant person.)
Thanks again for bearing with me, friends.