Archive for November, 2013

A Visit to Lovely Trim in County Meath

November 30, 2013

 

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My books have been distributed to some unusual outlets in interesting locations, one of these being the tourist information office and genealogy centre in the medieval town of Trim in County Meath. From time to time I call at these places to see whether the books are still on the shelves and whether the outlets concerned require more. Just recently I had reason to travel once again to Trim, a quaint little ‘country’ town of famous historical significance with its numerous ancient monuments. Boasting the largest Norman Castle in Ireland which was built in 1173, the town is also home to Trim Cathedral.

The Trim Castle Hotel which is just across the road from the tourist information, genealogy and coffee shop is where many visitors from the U.S.A. stay and I have reason to believe that many of these may have acquired a copy of “A Biblical Journey through the Irish Year.”

The bookshop “Antonia’s” is another outlet and the books can also be acquired through the small library in Trim.

My mind travels nostalgically back to some quiet afternoons as I sat quickly scratching my biro across some paper; while the Lord gave me the words for my first book I had such a strong sense of His Presence. Back then I had no laptop and only a little access to our computer, as my daughters were all studying at the time. I trusted Him and I still trust Him for the future; to guide my every word to His glory and for the extension of His Kingdom.

Eight hundred and forty years have passed since the great castle in Trim had its beginnings and I find it so fascinating that this large fortification still stands to remind today’s men and women on Trim’s streets of how it was all those years ago.

Today God’s Word, the Bible, still remains (and forever will) to remind us of not only ‘how it was’ – but how it will be and how we should live today in this world. Never has a book so comprehensively covered every aspect of life and given instructions on how it should be lived – but then God’s Word is no ordinary ‘book.’

 As I look at the emerald banks lining the sparkling River Boyne which flows by the castle, I am reminded that “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (1Peter 1v24&25)

I thank the Lord today that His Word “will not return unto Him void” and that my fellow countrymen and women, as well as visitors to Ireland may, through the written and spoken words of the Lord’s servants, still be touched by that ‘still small voice’ and brought to a living faith in my Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.

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“All Things Work Together For Good to Them That Love God…” (Romans 8v28)

November 9, 2013

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I have recently read, yet again, that familiar story of Joseph and his brothers in Genesis. Every time I read it, I feel sympathy once again for his father Jacob, who, on hearing that Joseph’s coat of many colours had been found covered in blood, “mourned for his son many days,” (Genesis 37v34). As a parent myself, I can imagine how heartbroken and distraught Jacob must have been at this news. I can also imagine how horrified the young Joseph may have felt to find himself eventually sold into slavery in Egypt.

Yet we learn later in Genesis 39v2 that “the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”

Joseph was to be dismayed later, when his master’s wife tried to cause trouble for him and he was subsequently cast into prison, but eventually his God-given ability to interpret dreams brought him into favour with his master once more.

And so, life with its happy times (but often troubles) carries us along and sometimes we may feel shocked and saddened to find ourselves in situations not of our making. However, if we have made the Lord Jesus Christ the Master of our lives, then we must trust Him to carry us through whatever situation we find ourselves in. Whether that situation is a serious health diagnosis or something completely different, the Lord has promised those who love and follow Him that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8v28)

Perhaps we may find ourselves in a hospital waiting room or ward, or in a support group with those who have been similarly afflicted. At first we may naturally ask: “why me?” Yet Joseph, although he was innocent of wrong-doing when he was thrown into prison, was greatly used of the Lord in these new circumstances in which he found himself. Joseph communicated with his fellow prisoners… “Wherefore look ye so sadly today?” (Genesis 40v7) He was able to interpret the butler and baker’s dreams, although one of them heard something which I am sure he would have preferred not to hear…

Perhaps, we too, may find ourselves in a place where we are the only Christian in the room, the ward, or even a prison cell. But the Lord wants to work out His perfect will through each and every chilling new development in His children’s lives. Not only will He draw His child closer to Himself… He will use him or her to reach others with whom they have been thrown into contact.

The child of God is going Home to the city that has no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God will lighten it… “and the Lamb is the light thereof.” (Revelation 21v23)

The earthly heartaches and trials of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and all of the Lord’s ancient people and His prophets are over and while they walked this earth by faith, all things (even the seemingly terrible) worked together for good for them.

Despite the jealous action of his brothers (although it has to be said that Reuben tried to prevent what happened) Joseph eventually was to be instrumental in saving his family from famine. The Lord has work for each and every one of His children to do despite the immediate gloomy forecast!

The youthful Joseph was possibly frightened as those strangers took him away… but the Lord saw down the years: the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine and many more besides. He saw the “bigger picture.” As Joseph explained to his brothers… “God did send me before you to preserve life.” (Gen.45v5)

Today as we look at our immediate situations, perhaps we may feel apprehensive or even frightened but we must never forget that there most certainly is “a bigger, greater picture” and that for those who know Him, the Lord has plans, to the extent that their lives and example may touch the lives of unsaved loved-ones and many others with whom they will meet in these new circumstances in which they find themselves.

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