In the spirit
of a new year, may I wish you, Lang
may yer lum reek.
Yes, that is not a phrase you hear every day. In fact
(admit it!) you may not even be sure that you like the sound of it. “What’s
a lum?,” you might ask. And doesn’t ‘reek’ mean ‘smell
Well, to the Scots, a ‘lum’ is a chimney. Their meaning
of ‘reek’ is simply - ‘smoke.’
So they say, “Long may your chimney smoke.” Meaning
- “May you have a long life!”
How often do we take offense to that which we do not
understand? Are we prone to prejudice toward those people whose language and
customs are different from ours?
And are they not also honorable people, created by
the Father in the same image as we; to whom our language and
customs seem ‘different’ to them?
Let us resolve to speak the universal language of love,
to show caring, to radiate the light of Christ in all that we do.
Lang may yer lum reek! Jesus On Life
For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.
John 3:16, KJV
Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way that
leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:14, NKJV
Whoever desires to save his life will loose it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
Luke 9:24, NKJV
Take heed and beware of covetness, for one’s
life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.
Luke 12:15, NKJV
More Scottish Words:
“In days of auld Lang Syne.”
‘Syne” means ‘since’;
therefore, “Old Long Since.”
So when we look to the coming year, we sing to the
remembrance of times past.
Fear less, hope more;
Whine less breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours. “
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