Utterly out of the blue, Robin, from church, (who in the past I have travelled to France with), rang to invite me at next-to-no-notice to accompany him for a week to Balfour House, a castle on Shapinsay, one of the Orkney islands, that his sister and brother-in-law own. He was taking a friend there with a view to him moving permanently up there and was keen for me to come too. As I was waiting on the Lord to discern if this was a prompt for the Lord, He suddenly impressed on me that He wanted me to take up again for a very brief time the mantle of a watchman from the north praying down into Europe at this pivotal time, just as I had done when organising the Fire from the North intercessory conference in Shetland in 2005. Continue reading
Special times of meditation are common in most traditions over the Easter period, so I have put these reflections for Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday together with the help of several friends, including Sally, Harmony and Elizabeth, who reads the text with me.
We have overlaid two of the tracks so that the words and music flow together. The aim has been to draw us right into the centre of certain aspects of the Easter story and to bring the events of Calvary to life in a fresh way this year.
Three different viewpoints are woven into these simple reflections. There is the Lord Jesus Himself, His disciples watching – and then there is us as we both watch events unfolding and, with the benefit of faith and hindsight, receive the power of His grace.
Part 1 – Good Friday: Reflections at the Cross
The second movement of Torelli’s Etienne concerto provides the music for this track.
Imagine yourself in the sandals of a disciple of Jesus, standing on the bare hill outside Jerusalem, watching as your dearest friend is nailed to a tree. You have long walked with Him, and seen Him set His face like flint to follow His Father’s leading into many dangerous situations – but you never imagined it would end like this Continue reading