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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture

2018

August

Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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In 1996 my wife and I left our one year old son to travel to Ireland. At that time, with RiverDance high-stepping for audiences, Enya releasing regular albums, the Titanic Movie making a splash in theatres, and Celtic Worship playing a big part in church worship, Ireland was a popular destination!

We decided to visit after researching my genealogy. I was surprised and pleased to hear, that two branches of my family tree came from the emerald isle!

It was a moving, emotional experience. The landscapes alone seemed to beckon me to bring my family and settle down, among the green hills. The constant drizzle of rain was like the tears of ancestors, suffering through the pain of the potato famine. I climbed among the ruins of castles, feeling the mossy rock under my hand, as if I could absorb the life and memory of that place.

I recall listening to a busker, who was playing her cello on the Cliffs of Moher, her long hair blowing in the wind and her gaze fixed on some distant horizon! Waves battered the shore metres below! Dark clouds roiled on the horizon. Such mystical melancholy! Here I encountered thinkers and dreamers, so much like myself; I had an innate sense that I was among my own people, on my own land.

This is very much how it's like, for a person who finds themself with God, and with God's people. Brothers and sisters, united in Christ's love, finally back to the land of their origin!

But unlike Ireland, the castles and keeps are not in ruins! The keeper is God himself, wide awake and watching to protect us from all evil, to keep us from slipping, to hold us up from harm.

Are you part of this genealogy? If not, what are you waiting for? Your family awaits!

Amen.