Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

This is the first of a regular posting focusing on spiritual poetry/reflective writing of note. Today I will be reading ‘The Questions’, attributed to St. Brendan. There is very little concrete biographical information concerning the life of Brendan, but he was a contemporary of St. Columba of Iona. A printed version of the poem can …

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R.S. Thomas was a welsh clergyman and talented poet. It’s hard to think of a more beautiful and evocative poem on silence.  ‘But the silence in the mind’ is, in my opinion, one of his best: But the silence in the mind is when we live best, within listening distance of the silence we call …

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Amidst the turmoil of life, the triumphs and the frustrations, the laughter and the pain, we are called to introspection.  Such self-examination takes many forms, and occurs at different points in our journey; it is a reflection the growing awareness of the truth of Carl Jung’s insightful observation: ‘who looks outside dreams who looks inside …

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It was English poet Alfred Tennyson who wrote: “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’” And so we embrace that hope as we move inexorably towards a new year. For many though, it can be difficult to focus entirely on the future. The year gone by may …

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An Evening Prayer

December 26, 2017

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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Let us join together and give thanks this night for beauty:
the beauty of a candle flickering in the gloominess
the beauty of a charitable deed done selflessly
the beauty redolent in those who persevere amidst hardships
the beauty of those who transform their deeply felt pain into
love
the beauty of those who forgive that which appears
unforgivable

Let us join together give thanks this night for dignity:
the dignity inherent in a life lived well
the dignity inherent in those who suffer for others
the dignity inherent in those who embrace the marginalised
the dignity inherent in those who stand up for the poor and
oppressed
the dignity inherent in those who pray for those who despise
them

Heavenly Father, we open our hearts to each other and give thanks this night, collectively.
We remember the goodness that encircles us and guides us, even when we cannot see it.
We give thanks, despite the difficulties of life and the brokenness we all carry within us.
We give thanks in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who never leaves our side, tonight and always.

AMEN

Here are a few of my recent reflections/poems: BY THE WELL Sychar in Samaria by Jacob’s well A shocking scene A Samaritan and a Jew Female and male Countercultural and perplexing, where shame meets perfection. Jesus does not recoil He interacts; he listens A stark reminder that everyone matters That in the heart of Christ ‘There …

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An excerpt from Thomas Merton’s beautiful poem, ‘Song: If you Seek…’:

Follow my ways and I will lead you
To golden-haired suns,
Logos and music, blameless joys,
Innocent of questions
And beyond answers:

For I, Solitude, am thine own self:
I, Nothingness, am thy All.
I, Silence, am thy Amen!

May 19, 2017

This is the text of my reflection/sermon shared with the congregation today at Cliftonville Moravian Church: Today, I want to reflect on Genesis 8: 1 ‘But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded’. …

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