I've been all over Scotland since I arrived on Wednesday. On Thursday I stayed close in Glasgow, going to the Cathedral and Necropolis. On Thursday I rode the train to Edinburgh, and today I went with a group to the Highlands, where we took a short cruise on Loch Ness. These days have been wonderfully full.
Tomorrow I'm going to Iona. I went to Iona four years ago. People say once you've been to Iona you want to go back. It's been true for me. I've been waiting for the opportunity to go again, and this sabbatical time turned out to be just right to go back. I'll be sharing more about what happens on Iona. It's a pilgrimage site, a place where Christians go for renewal and a unique encounter with God and God's people. It's also the home to much of the life of the Iona Community. There's a unique spirit to the place that I'm looking forward to experiencing again. Part of the appeal, I think, is that Iona is remote. I'll take a train, ferry, bus, and another ferry to get there.
I'll look forward to sharing with you, here, what I find on Iona in my second trip there.
"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict