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I’m in the middle of a ‘Welcome to Scotland’ sort of place outside Seattle, Washington.

Cool and rainy. I should be taking lots more pictures but I keep forgetting. Anyway by the time you read this I will be in Alaska seeing my son, his lovely wife and my two granddaughters.

I am reminded that next Tuesday, March 4, is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. There is to be the annual Pancake cooking at the Baptist Fellowship to which all are invited to come and enjoy the pancakes and lots of fellowship with folk from all the Brechin Churches.

I believe it is the usual 6.30 p.m. start. I’m really feeling bad about not being there for that as it will be my first time missing it in, I believe, nine years of doing it.

I am reminded as well of the idea of Shrove Tuesday is that it is about cleaning up things and getting the old out and the new in. In the spiritual sense it is about getting sin out of our lives to prepare for the coming of Jesus as the sacrifice for sin there in Jerusalem on the cross of Calvary.

As I remember this I am aware that many in our world will use this as an excuse to experience some serious wickedness and so I am thankful our Scottish tradition is just to use up the excess flour and make pancakes.

Romans 12:1-2 says this: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The phrase “Perfect Will of God” is what I want to kind of key in on. It is finding that centre of how we are to live and it comes as we find God’s best way to live. That getting rid of the junk and submitting to His plan for us. Then in that moment of centeredness, we find that perfect will.

I went to the Texas Capital building in Austin while I was in Texas and as I was walking through the building and chatting with my friend, there, suddenly, in the very centre of the rotunda the most amazing thing happened.

I crossed the star in the middle of the floor in the middle of the State Seal and my voice changed ... suddenly there was this amazing echo effect. I stopped just past it and it had gone away. My friend asked if I was okay and of course I was, I was just puzzled. As I backed up and found that centre place again I heard that perfect echo once more — totally amazing. But there was just that one spot that it worked. Right in the centre. It was so very cool to sing Amazing Grace in that spot and to see the puzzled looks of the folk that didn’t know or understand what I was experiencing.

And so it is as we yield our lives as sacrifices to God, He gives us that perfect moment of clarity of knowing we are right in the perfect will He has for us. My prayer is that this Pancake Day is the start for you of finding that centre place with God.

Loving my journey but missing home,