Extracts from Ray Simpson's Book
Nations that honour God
Righteousness exalts a nation.
Proverbs 13: 34
Though the Celtic church and culture was wrecked by Viking invasions, the Gaels triumphed in the end. They converted the Norsemen to Christianity and even the kings of Norway craved the honour of burial on holy Iona. The kings of Alban continued to be buried there, for it had become home for the hearts of Pict and Scot alike. Kenneth MacAlpin, the half-Pictish Scot who in 845 welded the two people together ... also was laid in the soil of Iona.
Columba’s legacy was something more abiding than relics or buildings. He left his people a vision of what God can do in and through a person, if they were willing to go the whole way.
As a prince and an advisor to kings he was inevitably concerned with politics and his work resulted in vast social, political and economic consequences.... But how did he do it? Not by political means but by spiritual... His politics were to change the hearts of politicians.
The founding of Iona stands out like a divine intervention in history. It was the decisive stroke in the war of faith and it let loose the spirit of the Peregrini (the wanderers for the love of God) which was to transform Europe.
Reginald B. Hale
William Penn 1644 - 1718