from Duncan's War (chapter 2)
...Try as they might, the gloom lingered throughout the rest of the meal. Then
“There now, Grier approaches fit to wake the dead from here to
“He’ll tell us stories,” said Jenny hopefully.
"Won't he, Father?" Jenny persisted.
“After prayers,” said her father shortly.
Ancient Grier halted outside their croft, the piping now sounding loud and alarming.
He and his sisters, Angus toddling behind, ran to the door and threw it open. A path of light fell on the old man, his face red and cheeks bulging as he blew air into the sheep stomach of his bagpipes. Lit up against the dusk, he marched in place as he played, until with a deflating screech, not unlike the sound of a goose at the chopping block, the tune came to an end.
“Peace be on this house!” said the old man as they welcomed him i
nto the cottage.
After brief conversation about spring planting, goat kids and lambs, they sat down around the table.
"Hear the Word of our Lord from the Proverbs of Solomon, the sixteenth chapter," he said, reverence and firmness in his voice. "'Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.'"
from STAND FAST In the Way of Truth (chapter 8)
...John Neilson of Corsock made his choice. After the Restoration in 1660, Neilson refused to bow to the adulterer King Charles II, the usurper of the “crown rights of the Redeemer in his Kirk.” For Neilson’s stand, the king’s dragoons forced him from his ancestral castle in
This clear-sighted Scots laird was no fool. He gave what he could not keep to win what enriches for all eternity. Young man, be like this saintly man. Start by knowing your heart when it comes to money, and stop daydreaming about it...