Small Signs of Faithful Lives | Photos

by Elouise

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The photo above was taken in Edinburgh, directly behind the Sir Walter Scott Monument. We’re looking down into the East Princes Street Gardens. Notice the benches. They line the sidewalk from one end to the other. Each has a plaque to honor an everyday person or family member(s) now deceased yet remembered warmly by friends and relatives.

We went down into the Gardens and walked along the sidewalk. The plaque below caught my attention and made me laugh and smile. How did the Rev Alan B. Cameron MA BD STM, the piping hot Scot ‘prove Romans 8’? I don’t know, but his life of faithful generosity made an impression. Perhaps despite great trials.

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The Gardens sit below the Edinburgh Castle which is full of tributes on stone plaques. The one below stood out from the others. Though it isn’t small or simple, the words that describe Mary of Lorraine are human-size words, even though she was “Queen of James V, Mother of Mary Queen of Scots and Regent of Scotland from 1554-1560.” I’m taken by the warm tribute to her character and behavior. Perhaps Mary of Lorraine was related to Rev. Alan B. Cameron, “the piping hot Scot?”

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Finally, we have a different kind of tribute in the outer wall of the Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the city.  These tributes aren’t to human soldiers, but to their faithful canine companions. I can make out three of the dogs’ names on the gravestones–Scamp, Tinker, and Feora (?) who was a Band Pet. Even though I’m a cat lover, my heart melted.

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Faithful. That’s what I want to be. Not faithful to others’ expectations of me, but faithful to God as one of God’s beloved daughters and sons. I’m drawn to the simplicity of the tributes above. In the end, it’s all about faithfulness–to God, to oneself and to others. Including the faithful bond between human beings and their canine companions.

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 23 September 2015
Photo credit: DAFraser, September 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland