It is a dream of mine to see Iona some day,
to stand on these grounds
and to thank God for his faithful servants.
I don’t know how to write the next words….
My husband and I are going to Scotland next spring.
We’ve been given a gift of a trip to the
destination of our choosing.
Reservations have been made.
Scotland sings to me.
I can only blame the books.
They – I couldn’t say which ones specifically –
breathed into my soul a love
for all things Scottish,
a yearning to see the rugged Highlands,
a kinship with a people.
St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
So I’m starting the journey of planning.
Experienced travelers tell me
this can be as fun as the trip itself.
Of course, I’m planning where to go.
But right now I’m planning what to read before we leave.
My pile of books includes the Life of St. Columba,
Jane Porter’s Scottish Chiefs
Scottish Heroes, Tales of Covenanters
John Buchan and O. Douglas.
Any suggestions out there?
Rise, Caledonia, let your voices ring
In this Highland Cathedral of our God and King.
Whom, joy and liberty, to all, will bring.
Come; let your heart, with love and courage, sing