Some time ago I suddenly realized that I had not seen my uncle in Scotland since I was in Bible school back in 1994! I have only one uncle (My Dad’s younger brother) and I had not seen him in 21 years!! I felt so bad! I booked a plane ticket for Glasgow and flew out the other day. My friends Jim and Ishbel who I have known since I was a little boy picked me up at the airport and took me to their beautiful home in Ayr, 5 minutes’ walk from the sea. The next day, we were on our way to visit Uncle James. He was out on the streets with his walking stick, beaming smile, waiting for me. We hugged each other. He had so much to tell me and so much to show me: starting with an enlarged photograph of my grand dad (who I have unfortunately not known) in his World War One military uniform (he very likely fought in France). Uncle James took me to the Salvation Army Church in Kilmarnock where he is a member. (Kilmarnock, the home of world renowned Johnny Walker whisky! No worries, we didn’t drink any of it!).
The next day I was over in Darvel where my Dad left 50 years ago for France as a missionary. We met up with wonderful folks there who have faithfully prayed for the Paton family for many, many years. A very moving reunion!
It was hard to say goodbye to Uncle James. He is a great man. Always laughing. Talking to everyone he meets. And most of all a man of God. As I flew out this morning from Glasgow International Airport to head back to Switzerland I told myself I will not make the mistake of waiting so long to see Uncle James again!
Tim Paton (from the Stewart clan, proud to be a Scot!) -Oct 15th
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