Window of Peace, St. Cuthbert’s


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This window for St Cuthbert’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Colinton, Edinburgh was made possible by the legacy of Robert Chesters Elliot 1940-2013.

True peace is not simply the absence of trouble, but a gift of peacefulness that keeps us even when life is frightening or chaotic. It comes when we have faith that God is looking after us even when we can’t see the all answers we think we need.

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When Jesus calmed the storm in St. Mark chapter 5, he said to the waves, “Peace, be still.” And immediately they were. This design is about that moment of transition from storm to calm. The miraculous peace inside that sweeps away anxiety in a moment.

In Psalm 121, the writer asks, “Where does my help come from?” It could be the hills (Pentland hills emerging from waves at the top of the window) but no; “My help comes from the LORD”. The cross emerging from the waves symbolises our trust in the Lord. Sometimes our faith is a bit vague and sometimes it is hard to see the Lord because of troubles.

“The sun will not harm you by day nor the moon by night” This beautiful Psalm reminds us again and again that God is with us, helping us and looking after us in every way.

A dove symbolising both peace and the Holy Spirit flutters over the calm waters.