Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gathered and Separated...

If you know me personally, or if you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a long period of time, you'll be aware that part of my heritage is from Ireland.

Northern Ireland is where my granny was from.  Not the Republic.

Upon my first visit in the area my granny was from, I expected to just see the countryside, there.  And, possibly some headstones in the cemeteries.  After all, my granny did come to Canada a very long time ago.

To my surprise, the hosts of the Bed and Breakfast (B & B) where my now deceased husband Gordon, and I stayed let us know that I still had family in the area.  That's a whole other story, for another time!

Once we hooked up with some, the door opened for others to meet with us. 

Since then, I've remained in touch with my Irish family.  And, have visited there, several times.

It wasn't strange to hear from my relatives that they celebrated Orangemen's Day, July 12th each year.  Especially, since my granny had been Protestant.

However, we found out that not all wanted to, or did celebrate St. Patrick's Day, March 17th.

Since then, things have somewhat changed.  Now, some of my family celebrate both Orangemen's Day and St. Patrick's Day.

To me, this is nice.  Mainly, because it is due to the fact that there is less trouble between those who believe in total independence, and those who wish Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom (UK).

In addition, St. Patrick may be celebrated by the Catholic community who is the main supporter of independence for the whole island of Ireland, but he wasn't Catholic.  He was Protestant.

To me, this whole situation is surprising.  Especially since much of the world seems to think that the troubles of Ireland, were due to religious beliefs, instead of realizing they were mainly political.

No matter what the situation, how you or I look at it, doesn't really matter.  What truly matters is what God thinks.

Just as He told us, in Matthew 25:31-32, "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:"

You see, whether countries and people live in peace or not, our Lord will be in control.  Not the people.

He shall sit on the throne of His glory.  And, all nations before Him, shall be separated into two (2) groups.  Those, who belong to Him.  And, those who don't.

You may want to read the whole chapter.  I hope you will.  For then, you'll have better understanding.

No matter what the situation across the pond, whenever St. Patrick's Day was due to be celebrated here in Canada, I always thought of my Irish heritage. 

After all, Ireland is where some of my family history is located. 

I must say that I love it, there.  And, I am eager to once again visit. 

If God wills it, I know it will happen.

Until next time...

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