YAWAs you may already know, we just returned from an amazing experience at a Young Adult’s Weekend in Northern Ireland. It was such a fun and encouraging time for all of us. I was really blessed through meeting many other young adults who love God and strive to serve Him in all they do. The messages were very thought provoking and convicting for me as Mark Loughridge spoke on drinking from the fountain of Grace given us in the preaching of God’s Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the
Benediction. The young people there were very welcoming towards us, and I was  encouraged by their kindness towards us.

All these aspects really ministered to me, but I was especially struck by the beauty of the landscapes and scenery that surrounded us.  The retreat was held in a small town called Annalong, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and adjacent to the sea. When driving to the manor where the retreat was held, the views were spectacular with the mist concealing the mountain tops on one side and the sea extending until it touches the sky on the other.

Saturday afternoon, we walked up into the Mourne Mountains through pastures of sheep. As I viewed the surrounding hills purple with heather and dotted with sheep, I was reminded of Psalm 50:10-11 which says, “For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills, I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.” I was struck by the majesty of God displayed in His
creation and His care for all living things.

During our Psalm sing, I was again filled with wonder at God’s creation. We were sitting surrounded by trees with birds and fields of cows and sheep. As we sang, all creation lifted up their voices and praised God.

“Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.”
Psalm 148: 9-10, 13

Juliana Miller

Mourne mountains