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April 4, 2020

Spring

Spring                                    Word on the Week                               4th April 2020. We are blessed with four seasons each with its own beauty.    The freshness of spring flows into the glories of summer and then comes the wonder of the autumn tints to be followed by winters’ sombre hues. Animals and plants work with the seasons.   Their body […]

March 28, 2020

Pestilence

Pestilence                              Word on the Week                          28th March 2020. We, in Ireland, have been instructed to remain indoors for the next two weeks to avoid involuntarily spreading the virus.   There are few exceptions.   This latest requirement is intended to stop it spreading through communities and restrict it to homes where it can be more easily controlled. […]

March 21, 2020

What is the Lord doing?

What is the Lord doing?       Word on the Week                       21st March 2020. When I returned to the Office some 60 years ago, having picked up a fine for speeding, the question I was asked was, “Where was God when I needed Him?”  It wasn’t asked in a concerned way but rather in the triumphant tones […]

March 20, 2020

Dear Friends at Grace

Wednesday 18th March 2020 Give thanks to him and praise his name, for the Lord is good and his love endures for ever (Ps. 100 vv 4b-5a) What a great comfort and encouragement these words are, as we face strange and uncertain days. This afternoon the Elders at Grace met via WhatsApp to make some […]

March 14, 2020

No St Patrick!

No St Patrick!                        Word on the Week                        14th March 2020. No St Patrick?   Just when we needed him.   If he got rid of the snakes in Ireland perhaps he could do a similar job on the Coronavirus when he shows up next week.   Except the 17th March, his day, has been cancelled – […]

March 7, 2020

Image-bearer

Image-bearer                        Word on the Week                          7th March 2020. Some of us were at a conference this week when the speaker reminded us of the unbeliever’s slogan “God is Dead”.    He traced this rebellion to its conclusion where those made in God’s image are also dead.    This deadness extinguished the spiritual in man and presented […]

February 29, 2020

Fear of Pestilence

Fear of Pestilence                          Word on the Week                 29th February 2020. The last time we blogged on the subject of fear it was along the Fermanagh-Cavan border in Ireland.   There had been intimidation and the fear of man was evident.   This week we have witnessed signs of fear of the coronavirus.  It has gone almost […]

February 22, 2020

Coronaviris

Coronavirus                           Word on the Week              22nd February 2020. This virus which started in the Wuhan Provence of China in December 2019 has proved to be hard to control.   It is in the same family of viruses as ‘saars’ (largely in the US from 2002 to 2004) and ‘mers’ (mainly in the middle east in […]

February 15, 2020

Storm Dennis

Storm Dennis                        Word on the Week                  15th February 2020. ‘Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow rain and wind warning for the entire country ahead of Storm Dennis which is expected to bring wet and very windy weather over the weekend and into Monday.’    The terse note from the Met Office does not encourage […]

February 8, 2020

Election 2020

Election 2020                        Word on the Week                       8th February 2020. There is an air of a festival about an Irish General Election.    During the preceding 3 to 4 week’s people with ladders are seen to be climbing many of the utility poles in our towns to fix A1 size pictures of their preferred candidate.    The higher […]

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