Posts tagged ‘Sheep’

July 23, 2015

Up to Down (and Antrim)

At the end of June, we took a week off to go camping up at Castle Ward in Co. Down. Actually it was more like ‘Glamping’, as we stayed in a wooden camping pod, which compared to a tent is the height of luxury! Highlights of the week including climbing Slieve Donard, visiting the Giant’s Causeway and the traversing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Below are some of the many photos we came back with…

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Slieve Donard – looking back towards Newcastle, Co. Down.

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On the way down…

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A beautiful Beach tree avenue, popularly known as “The Dark Hedges”, Stranocum, Co. Antrim.

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Ballintoy, Co. Antrim

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An Inquisitive local…

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Giant’s Causeway panorama, including the “Chimney Stacks”.

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Castle Ward, Co. Down.

(All Photos taken using a Nikon D7000 and 18-55mm lens.)

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February 16, 2015

Contentment

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We have some new neighbours in the field opposite us. One evening we went over to say ‘hello’ and we came across them looking towards the horizon where the sun was setting. Soon the lambs will arrive and all will be joyful chaos, but in the meantime there is peace and contentment…

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.

(Psalm 23:1-3a)

May 24, 2011

If at first Ewe don’t succeed…

There is something delightful about watching young lambs running about skipping and jumping – enjoying life in the way that is common to all sorts of species, from kittens to puppies to foals, calves or even humans!  In the field just over the road from us there have been three lambs to enjoy watching these past few weeks and trying to photograph them has been surprisingly difficult.  First of all they are often too far away and secondly if they hear me approaching at all they quickly scatter and thirdly, the light has been so poor recently which has meant dull pictures.  After many failed attempts I finally managed to get a couple of photos – not quite what I wanted but they will have to do as the lambs and sheep have now been moved on (hopefully to another field but I don’t know).

December 18, 2010

A Cold Breakfast

More sheep…

Here’s the view I saw of our ‘neighbours’ across the road as I was de-icing the car a few days ago. Made me appreciate my hot porridge all the more :-)

Verse for the day:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

(Psalm 23:1)

December 17, 2010

But I want to!

(Photo taken in the Great Langdale Valley, Cumbria, last Summer).

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(Isaiah 53:6 ESV)

Christians have always been daily faced with the question, “do I go the way of the world or do I go the way that I know that is right.”

The way of the world is probably best summed up in the defence that people give for living how they want to, “I can do what ever I like, so long as it makes me happy.  I am not hurting anyone, why can’t I?”

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all do whatever we wanted, all of the time, with no one getting hurt?  Surely it would be like heaven on earth? Hmm, maybe not.  Maybe we do not actually know what’s best for ourselves anymore than children understand the responsibilities of adulthood.

Time and time again I find myself having to answer questions from people, moral and ethical questions about how we should (and should not) live our lives.  Naturally I like to sit on the fence, but that is not a luxury afforded to us.

“Why is it wrong for this gay couple get married?  They’ve been together for years and they love each other.”

“Why is abortion not O.K.?  Having a baby would be a real inconvenience right now.  Surely it’s not really a baby anyway, it’s not life, and why can’t a women make decisions about her own body?”

“Why can’t my grandmother choose when she wants to die?  She is in great pain.  Why can the doctor not give her a little injection to end the misery?”

Why shouldn’t scientists genetically modify these tomatoes/sheep/children, they would be much more juicy/cost effective/better behaved?!

“Why can’t I jump off this cliff, it looks like fun?  My friends are all running into that fire over there, why can’t I?  Oh you’re such a spoilsport for not letting me!

Ah ethics, what a mess you have got us into!  (O.K., that’s too many exclamation marks now!)

Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth?” (John 18:38).  Most people would be happy to answer that truth is whatever we make it; that truth is different depending upon the situation and circumstances, that it is flexible.  Truth therefore is seen as subjective, based on feelings, tastes, opinions, trends and fashion.

But what if truth were Objective, something that was beyond and outside of the sphere of our choosing?  What if truth was placed there as a framework, a paradigm for our lives that was actually in itself good and right and well … true?

Jesus said:

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6 ESV)

If we want truth, if we want to know what is right and if we want to know the best way to live our lives, then we need to look at God’s word, Jesus.  I am not going to attempt to blog about Biblical ethics, as I would not have any time left over to do anything else today.  A good place to start is WWJD “What would Jesus do?” (Sounds naive and simplistic until we actually try and do it!)  The Bible gives us God’s manual, His instruction book on how to live our lives.  The better we know and understand God’s word, the more we are able to apply the holiness of God to our everyday human lives.  Yes there will be times when people simply don’t understand our stance on certain issues;  we are not judging people, we are not telling them that they are wrong, rather it is that we know where the right answer(s) may be found.  This can only be done properly with love, humility and great respect, something that the church has historically been catastrophically bad at.  :-(

We are simply beggars, telling other beggars where they might go to find bread.