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…

We have a cherry blossom tree in our garden. I remember looking out at it a couple of years ago. It was really quite big and its branches reached out in all kinds of directions.

Dr Trevor Morrow is Minister Emeritus of Lucan Presbyterian Church and a former Moderator of the General Assembly. In this Guest Post he reflects on the year that has been and the longings it stirs as we look to the days ahead.

Irene McMahon and her husband Wilson live in the Philippines where for many years they have served with OMF. They are highly respected mission leaders and educators. Thank you Irene

for taking the time to write our Guest Post today ... 

Life is not as we had expected. Most of us did not spend Christmas the way we usually do. There does not seem to be anything ‘new’ about the New year. Covid-19 continues. These are strange days.

Richard Kerr and his wife Brenda live in Templepatrick where Richard serves as minister of Templepatrick Presbyterian Church. Earlier this year Brenda spoke at our Ballyhenry Ladies' Weekend. They have been good friends to us as a family over the years. Thank you Richard for writing this guest post, words of encouragement for us in Ballyhenry and beyond today ...

"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

   On this Christmas Day may you know the strengthening presence of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us! Thank You Niall for the invitation to share a passage of Scripture which has meant a lot to me in this extraordinary year.  

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