Sandyknowes Blog

Living beside the busiest roundabout in Northern Ireland gives plenty of opportunity for watching the world go by. Sandyknowes Blog is the personal blog of Niall Lockhart (minister of Ballyhenry). Pull in and have a read…

Read: Deuteronomy 18 vs 15-19

2020 has been a year that has thrown up so many new words and so many new phrases: ‘Social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’, ‘please sanitise your hands’, ‘have you got your mask?’ and so the list goes on. For anyone who is a Zoom user one of the phrases of 2020 has been ‘Can you hear me?’ a phrase usually accompanied by a waving hand and all kinds of tempts to touch the right part of the screen to make a voice come to life.

Read: Exodus 2 vs 1-10

Every morning we listen to the radio, glance at our phone, or pick up a paper and there is news. Lots of news. The news we hear and read tends to be about famous people, powerful people, important people. Babies rarely make the news.

Reading: Genesis 15: 1-6

For the last number of months there has been a lot of talk about Christmas. A lot of talk about ‘saving Christmas’ and real concern at times that Christmas this year might not actually happen. 

The word ‘Advent’ refers to the season of the year when Christians look forward to the birth of Jesus. This year it runs from 29th November (‘the first Sunday in Advent’) through to 24th December (Christmas Eve).

Advent is to do with getting ready, being prepared, looking forward, anticipating Christmas. Between now and Christmas we are hoping to engage in ‘An Advent Journey’ of daily readings and reflections for this season.

‘The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ (Luke 24 vs 46-47)