Whilst I was there yesterday it was pretty quiet, but there is anticipation in the air. The Church of Ireland community are beginning to get the wonderful little church building ready for the summer season and those involved in the tourism industry are hoping and praying that this year will be a good one.
Quite correctly, the people of Courtmacsherry are very proud of their Lifeboat. The Lifeboat Station has been there since 1825 and many lives have been saved over the years between then and now.
Of course there is a clear parallel between the work of the Lifeboat Station and the work of the Church. Both are in the business of saving souls; the Lifeboat crew save people from drowning, Jesus saves us from ourselves and sets us on the rock of salvation...
From Psalm 40:
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.