My name is Rev’d Canon Lynsay M. Downs. I’m a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, in the diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney and Seabury Canon to Hartford Cathedral, Connecticut in the Episcopal Church (USA).

In this space I reflect on the astonishing community of people who bear witness to the love of God in the world and across time. This is a community of people who recognise themselves to be clay and God to be our potter; we are indeed the work of God’s hands…We are the work of God’s hands not only when we are born neurotypical and without noticeable physical difficulties or mental health issues; we are the work of God’s hands with all these weird and wonderful blessings – no stranger than the broken hip granted to Israel.

At different times and in different parts of the church people’s idiosyncrasies have been allowed to show God’s purpose for the world. Christians have recognised God at work in the vulnerabilities of some and the strength of others. In an age running after idols of progress, wealth and perfection, let us repent, let us return to God and ask the potter to show us the delights of the endless variety in creation.

My constant prayer Is:
Gracious God, help us to remember
that we are cradled in your loving hand,
developing alongside our brother, Jesus
and gifted with life by your Holy breath.