Photo was taken at Oceanworld, Dingle, Co.Kerry (Irl)

This is Molly, a rescued sea turtle, who loves visitors and will often have a play through the window. She was too injured to release back into the wild but thankfully has made herself into something of a celebrity at Oceanworld. The Loggerhead turtle is listed by the IUCN (World Conservation Union) as endangered. They have lived on the earth for over 110million years and that’s long before the dinosaurs were around!

Thought on Tuesday – February – 27/03/2012

‘Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand’ ~Isaiah 49:16

There are so many different ways of writing and communicating these days. The choices are endless. Emails, texting and social networking have all added to different ways of communicating. It may not happen as often as before but the old method of writing a letter and sending it off in the post still has value. Birthday and thank you cards are still sent regularly with some lovely thoughts written within. The image of ink also has spiritual significance. In the psalms we are reminded beautifully how our names are written in God’s hand. It suggests intimacy, closeness, inclusion, acceptance and that we are uniquely special. Even though the psalms may have been written thousands of years ago, their relevance is even more important today. We need to restore a sense of God as someone totally and completely on our side. Our name is written on God’s hand, not to be judged, given out to or made feel guilty about something. Instead we are encouraged to be ourselves and to allow God’s love be an ink that makes a distinct mark on everything we do each day.