Today, is the Glorious Twelfth! Orangemen's Day!
Here is a pic that shows both a British flag (the right flag on the side, and front of the vehicle) and an Orangemen's flag (the left flag on the side of the vehicle):
(A photo found on the internet.)
Thinking about my last visit to Northern Ireland brought back memories. Some that I won't forget. Including the fact that I have in my possession a Orangemen's flag, like the left one on the side of the vehicle in the photo above.
While there, we celebrated my now deceased husband Gordon's birthday, with my family members. In addition, we attended a festival in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, honouring Ulster Scots.
Yes, generations ago, many people immigrated from Scotland, to Northern Ireland. One such person, was my great-grandfather, who was originally from Scotland.
A parade began the festival. There was music by groups, and bands. And, young people doing traditional dances.
One humorous thing we saw was a fellow who made us truly laugh. Here is a link for you to watch the original person who was recorded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS-itkO9ia8.
Hopefully, you had a laugh watching the video. I chuckle every time I watch that three-legged man... Jake the peg! :)
While talking with my friend M, was telling me how the family name Patrick is part of her heritage. Her grandfather told her that St. Patrick is part of her long ago heritage.
How nice to hear something like this!
During our conversation, I let M know that my now deceased husband Gordon and I, along with a cousin and her husband, drove to and up Slemish Mountain, in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Here is a link, to read about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slemish.
It's only a short drive from where some of my Irish family lives, so it didn't take long to get there.
Even so, we didn't get to walk around when we visited there, for it was pouring with rain. Hopefully, the next time I'm able to visit, I'll be able to enjoy a time there, with no rain!
This would be a true blessing to me! Much like a poem that represents an old Irish blessing:
An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
While poetry is wonderful, the fact is that the best blessing anyone can have or give, involves God.
Just as we read in Ephesians 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"
Yes, we should bless God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. After all, God is the trinity... three (3) in one!
God has truly blessed us, in so many ways. The trinity provides for us, always... in so many ways.
Salvation, support, love and guidance are only a few ways that God has truly blessed those of us who belong to Him, and who have gained salvation by trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ.
How grateful I am for this! Thank You, dear God!
Nothing could ever be better.
Until next time...
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