The gift of the peace of the Risen Lord comes to us in most wonderous ways. This morning, we needed some water to have a cuppa. The store manager at the TESCO Petrol Station in South Queensferry tool the two five litre cans and filled them with fresh tap water and handed it back with a smile, thank you to Caroline.
Last night we pulled up the Caravan into TESCO carpark and I asked the Store Manager Erin permission to park. She was most kind and gave permission to park. It reminded of some recent past experience where authority to enable and disable is used contrary to our Christian Hospitality.
We are about to breakfast now. So, to continue... Sausage and Scrambled eggs on a piece of brown bread sets up for the day. Thanks to our Chef Mark Walker who makes the Big Breakfast. Enjoyed that wonderful breakfast and now all set to go.
Yesterday I was walking through Aberdour and say 'The Rectory' sign outside St Columba's. I knew it is a Scottish Episcopal Church and I wanted to say hello to the Rector. On ringing the bell, with no answer I was about to get back to the road to Inverkeithing to continue my walk. A couple were walking along the pavement and asked if I was looking for someone. I asked if it was still the Rectory, as it was in a very good condition and looked after lovingly and thought it may be in private hands. But, Revd Dean and Elizabeth said that they are the ministry team in the area and offered me a cup of water. I received as a signal of 'Christian Hospitality' 'giving a cup of water!' and accepted it. An hour later I left with kindness, generosity and love with most delicious and nutritious meal.
It was blessing to meet these wonderful people of God and make connections. Their son Ben is now a Monk at Pluscarden Abbey where Elizabeth was blessed by Abbot Hugh, eight days old and Michael climbed up the wall, feeling at home. Amu made pakoras for the monks twice a year. We were well integrated into the family of God at Pluscarden. Meeting Dean and Elizabeth felt like meeting an extended family of God. They both prayed a blessing upon our Walk of Prayer for Healing, Peace and Revival. They will walk with us in prayer.
On arriving at Inverkeithing, I met my companions Nigel and Mark with Doner Kebab and Chips to celebrate the Feast of St Mark.
We continued the journey on to the Forth Road Bridge to South Queensferry. Nigel remembers seeing the bridge being built, and crossing the Forth on the Ferry. He says, the Forth Railway Bridge was set on fire to ease the metal to put the last bolt in place.
Today, Nigel is setting up the walk to end at Musselburgh. We are now ready to set off.