The Tiree tradition is to meet on the beach at dawn.
In recent years this has been in front of the manse at Gott.
This year the plan was to meet at Baugh just before sunrise.
The alarm clock is set for 5:00am
We waken just before the alarm sounds.
At 5:35 we set out – arriving at Baugh at 5:40.
It is still dark.
The rain is coming straight down.
But there is just a hint that the sky is getting lighter.
Tradition will be broken.
We will not be on the beach.
Instead we will have to gather indoors.
Disappointingly we will not witness the sunrise over the sea.
But we are not met to celebrate the sunrise.
We are celebrating the Sonrise.
Jesus is Alive.
We did not see the sun rise.
Sadly it was hidden by the clouds.
But the evidence is that the sun rose.
We could not see the Son but we met in his presence.
And afterwards we enjoyed sharing breakfast together.
Much later in the day.
We set out to watch the sun set.
Our chosen destination the shore of Gott Bay.
The afternoon’s blue sky giving way to the colours of sunset.
As we walked back along the shore a voice cries out.
“Come back and have coffee and our house.”
How the memory is stirred . . .
The risen Lord calls out to his friends in the boat,
“Have you caught anything, lads?”
“Come and have breakfast.”
[The Bible – John’s Good News]
“See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, “Christ is risen!”
See God’s salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!”
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ on Easter Day.