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Former Pastor recalls `Footprints over Moira' in new book

Pastor David McFarland who has written a book Footprints Over Moira, US2711-114A0

Pastor David McFarland who has written a book Footprints Over Moira, US2711-114A0

A FORMER Pastor in Moira Baptist church has written a short book of historical stories taken from a thousand years of life in the village.

David McFarland, now retired on health grounds, has had an interest in the history of the area for years. 'Footprints over Moira' is a book of short stories, either relating to real historical characters or using imaginary characters to tell real stories.

Talking about the book David said: 'All of the stories are placed in or close to Moira. Most stories are written in chronological order but each one stands alone, allowing stories to be read individually. Every care has been taken to ensure the stories are as historically accurate as possible."

He continued: "I am grateful to all who have inspired, advised and helped with the production of this small volume."

David says he first became interested in the history of Moira after reading a Historical Handbook by Rev. Canon Rudd, former Rector of Moira. "My love of storytelling began with the greatest story
of all - the story of Jesus and His love," he commented.

"I sat lazily in a coffee shop watching passers-by. Someone had spilled water outside the shop next door. Wet footprints began to form on the dry pavement. Some people left large prints and some left small; some passed quickly leaving few prints and some stopped for a long time leaving multiple marks. I noticed that as time passed the marks merged, becoming practically indistinguishable yet everyone who walked through the puddle has left his individual imprint, even if those prints were now hidden. I thought how life was like that. We all tread this earth and leave footprints.

"Over the years, a great many footprints have been left over Moira", he added. David is offering every home in Moira a free book. If you are interested please email: david@2hearts.org or the book it can seen online on http://2hearts.co.uk/footprints

Picture: Pastor David McFarland who has written a book Footprints Over Moira, US2711-114A0

jenny.monroe@ulsterstar.co.uk

Ulster Star
15/07/2011