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've asked one of our members, Lisa Little, to write a prayer that we can use at the beginning of each new day. Thank you Lisa for writing this for us.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your great love and faithfulness, especially at such times as these as it brings us comfort and strength to know that you are with us every step of this journey.  We pray that you would comfort those who are isolated or feel alone, scared and confused by events.  We pray that those that need help are reaching out for it and getting the support they need.

Read: Psalm 37 vs 1-40

Are you coping at the moment? If someone was to ask you that I wonder what you would say? When things are tough, when things are uncertain, when all around us there is a sense of not knowing, we can find ourselves struggling to cope. Psalm 37 is a Psalm to comfort and steady someone who wasn’t coping with the situation they found themselves living in.

Read: Psalm 36 vs 1-12

Yesterday we were chatting to our four year old niece on Zoom. She is at that age where she is learning to talk, and every time you see her you are aware that her vocabulary is expanding as she learns new words and new ways to express herself.

Read: Psalm 35 vs 1-28

Psalm 35 is a conflict Psalm. Most of us don’t like conflict. People find conflict upsetting, unnerving, intimidating. Conflict leaves people wounded and hurt. But Psalm 35 is nonetheless a Psalm where an ongoing, sustained, and serious battle is the background to what is said and sung. 

Read: Psalm 34 vs 1-22

Psalm 34 is one of 14 Psalms in the Bible with a title linked to specific events in the life of David. David wrote this Psalm when fleeing from Saul he had taken refuge in the Philistine city of Gath. Gath (Goliath’s home city) was a very hazardous place for David to be and he ended up pretending to be insane to safely escape from it (the story is told in 1 Samuel 21 vs 10-15.