You may cement something beautiful into your life but when storms come that is the question we need to ask.

On the tiny Island of Sark in the English Channel, there stands on a remote cliff, an ancient stone church. It is St Peter’s and on a wall still is viewed the story of these Island folk.

The tapestry remains visually lovely.

However, it is the written statement over the entrance which makes visitors THINK.

In the 13th Century we were raided by pirates who captured and took away wives and our children.

Bubonic plague in the 17th century wiped out many more families.

French and Spanish warships sailed past but we were too small to claim as territory.

At the end of the 1st World War, few of our young men returned from foreign battle fields. Yet, island life survived.

Then, came the 2nd World War

HItler captured the Islands in the Channel and we were prisoners’ under German control for FIVE YEARS. Hardened battle weary soldiers preparing to invade England, watched us tenaciously, After a time the beauty and peace of Sark softened their tensions. Younger men began to enjoy their life with us so were taken back to Germany. Others came and the cycle began anew.

Through storms and floods, disease, loss, disasters and invasion one TRUTH remains.


2021 …………… Will it be better than 2020? Did we learn in 2020 He will never leave or forsake us?

When storms come… is OUR connection to Him secure?

Has the cement hardened?

About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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  1. Faye, such resilience in Christ reminds me of a term I heard just yesterday: crisis competence. People who have faced many trials get better at facing many trials. Your story of the church on the island in the English Channel is such a story. The words of King David also come to mind, “I have been young and now I am old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken.”

    God’s best to you in the new year.


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