Thought for the week, January 15 2019

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As I write this on Monday evening, the air is filled with foreboding and uncertainty for our country.

Tomorrow evening is decision time at Parliament.

As you will gather, I do not use this column for any political platform and I do not intend to start today.

However, I am saddened and concerned that the entire country is torn apart in the whole Brexit fiasco.

The country is divided, communities are divided and families are divided.

These are not differences of opinion which are aired with respect and rational discussion. Unfortunately people are no longer listening to one another but just seeing who can shout the loudest.

Comments are becoming more vitriolic and nasty, they are personal rather than political and tempers are raised to fever pitch.

It is unhealthy for our country, it is unhealthy for our community and it is unhealthy for ourselves to be in such a state of hateful rhetoric.

Surely the time has come for some calm and rational voices to prevail – on all sides of this issue.

Our children are growing up into a country divided and are certainly not learning the art of skilful conversation or respectful debate from our politicians.

The example set by the most powerful in the land leaves much to be desired and this is trickling into every aspect of life.

Whatever our opinion on this contentious matter, we must find a way forward with reconciliation and respectful listening or we will self destruct and there will be no winners at all.

It may sound naive and unrealistic, but what we need is a peacemaker to save us from ourselves.

I pray for this country and her people today.