You may have heard about the famous Commencement Speech that Winston Churchill delivered at, I believe, Cambridge University. It consisted of only 9 words: “Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”
Well, on this anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, as the Orangemen swagger down many main streets in Ulster, I acknowledge that I did give up.
For 20 years or more, I prayed each and every day for an end to violence in Northern Ireland. But the carnage went on and on and, eventually, I gave up hope and stopped praying for peace.
You know what happened next. Within a year or two, the Good Friday Peace Agreement was signed and some sense of normalcy returned to Northern Ireland. It happened in God’s good time, not mine.
Winston now echoes in my head: “Never give up. Never give. Never give up.”