At seven in the morning it is dark here in my home town of Downpatrick, Co Down, Ireland. As I look out my window I see the main road wind its way out into the distance. During the week day mornings there is a constant flow of pairs of red lights, cars with people on their way to work in Belfast. Later there is a flow of buses and cars into town with school children. Downpatrick is a hub for education. We have great primary and grammar schools here, a good place to rear children.
The road is quiet this morning. I hear the church bells ringing. A call to prayer. What a wonderful Christian heritage we have here in Ireland. Despite the war, people still pray. The bells were silent for a time recently. I missed them. I enquired and was reassured the bells would be ringing again. The bells ring down through the centuries. Everyone hears the bells, whether one is Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Muslem, Chinese, male, female, child or pensioner. It is a beautiful sound, memories of home, neighbours and security.
All is at rest in this small town today.