Life is a journey... And the road has recently taken an unexpected turn for me and my family: By this time you've probably all heard that Andre accepted the call to Balerno Parish Church. He will be inducted into his new charge on Tuesday 25th October.
This might mean that I'll now be travelling to West Kirk and Polbeth Harwood by a different road, but that's the only change this move is implying for me as your minister. Living in Balerno won't affect my work here in Polbeth and West Calder, I'll just have a new address and telephone number!
In Psalm 121, a pilgrim on his journey home from the temple in Jerusalem wrote: "The Lord will not let your foot slip..." This pilgrim knew lots about journeying through life, and a very important lesson he's learned through all his travels is that he is never alone. Whether he treads familiar paths or ventures on new ones - God will always be with him.
God is with all of us on our journeys through life too.
I know he will be with my family and all the adjustments we will now have to make to our lives, and he will be with each one of you too, wherever you find yourself on your journey through life today.
And in the same way he will guide every step we take as congregations as well. We are his church, and therefore, we will always be safe in his hands - heading in the direction God wants us to go.
No matter what: The Lord will not let your foot slip.