My generation grew up through the sixties with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Top of the Pops, and make Love not War.
I found myself going to university at the end of the sixties.
There was war in Northern Ireland.
So called Protestants and Catholics were at war with one another!
This was a long way from “Going to California with flowers in your hair,” and living at peace with one another.
I lived in a town where there was not bombs or bullets yet.
I was unaware of what the fighting was about.
I wanted to keep on the theme of Love and not War.
I got married in 1971 and had two children soon afterwards.
It was when I became a mother and wanted to do the best for my children that I began to search for a reason to believe.
That started me on a journey of seeking the truth, love and peace.
What was love? John Lennon showed the world that Love was leaving his wife and lying in bed with Yoko.
It was too cold in Northern Ireland to go to the beach with flowers in your hair.
I tried my best to love my family but other non love attitudes came up in my heart.
Woe is me.
I had gone to parties and hung out in the pub at weekends.
I had no desire to continue to do this when I had two children.
I befriended another mother with two children.
She did not go to the pubs. She had peace and love in her home.
I wanted what she had.
She was a believer in God.
I began to read the bible where I read that Jesus said he was the way, the truth and life. John14 v 6
He was Love. He loved me even before I knew anything about him.
I found love, truth and life.
Jesus promised to give me life abundantly. John 10 v 10
I wanted to show my children this love and life.
This is my reason to believe.