More Than

13th Century Chapel, Kirkapol

Life on Tiree is more than beautiful beaches, archaeological artefacts, wild winds, surfers and artists, cattle and sheep, wild flowers and rare birds – even the corncrake! Ferries come and go, airplanes take off and land, but life on Tiree is about the people who live and work here. It is about their life whether at worship, work, rest or play.

It is a joy to be able to open your door and walk over the Machair and along Tiree’s beaches, to listen to the cry of the birds and to look out across the water to the Dutchman’s Cap, Ben Hope on Mull, to the Paps of Jura and in the distance the lofty mountain tops on the Mainland or many of the other Hebridean Isles. So often the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are presented in terms of their landscape and not the people. Yet, what counts for so much on the Isle of Tiree is the sense of community, the care extended by doctors and nurses, the conversations at the pier, the helpfulness and friendliness of those who work in the island’s shops.

Family and friends are important but knowing God as your Father means that you have family living here on the island, even if your children live 500 miles away on the Mainland. We have known such a welcome and acceptance since coming to Tiree, especially by the family of God. Life has taught us that all families face trying and difficult times and God’s family is no different. However, God’s Word says, Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Two of our friends, who have lived here far longer than we have, are going to help with Life-On-Tiree. So watch out for their postings in the coming days.