I am taking the opportunity to write Nanda's letter from the manse this month.
She gave me a choice: unpack the boxes or do some admin for me! Not hard to guess which I chose!!
But actually, I wanted to write to all of you to express my sincere thanks for all your support, all your cards and gifts to us as a family during our move to Balerno. It was so heart-warming to see so many of you at my induction - from which I am still recovering. It was a memorable induction service which was made special by the fact that so many of you shared in it with me and my family.
We have now moved into the Manse at Balerno and I am sorry that you will have to memorise our new telephone numbers. But do please come and visit us.
The sermon at my induction was indeed moving and challenging. "Who do you say I am?" Jesus asked.
It is a timely question for us too. We need to ponder and rethink this question in everything we do as followers of Jesus. In fact, our answer needs to be reflected in the way we talk, think and act in the world.
It is here where the real challenge lies, a challenge that we need to take on board. We are missionaries sent by God on a mission to reflect to all people that Jesus is the Redeemer.
May we all become and remain witnesses of His grace, love and endless mercy in our new journey together.
All my best wishes,