Mrs Linda Ballard was a visiting speaker during October. During her Children's Address she talked about the beauty and shape of a rainbow: how one might describe it as "bridge-shaped". Mrs Ballard likes to think of a bridge between God and us when she sees a rainbow.
She took Acts 17: 16-34 as her New Testament Reading:
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 'For in him we live and move and have our being.'
....and linked this to God's "still, small voice" to Elijah.
God's presence may be in the wind and fire, but He is so close to us as to be able to speak to us in a "still, small voice" - if only we will take the time to listen.
Linda Ballard is a student minister at Union Theological College, QUB and has just completed her M.Th. in the history of non-subscription.