Thought for the week

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AN is­land in the Me­nai Strait has been put on the prop­erty mar­ket – of­fer­ing peo­ple the chance to es­cape to their own se­cluded par­adise.

Ynys Faelog is a small tidal is­land close to the Me­nai Sus­pen­sion Bridge and is reached by car over a tidal cause­way.

Now a chance has come up to buy a big chunk of the is­land, which is shared with only one other prop­erty owner, who has a cot­tage and boathouse on the op­po­site side of the is­land.

The sec­tion, owned by Ban­gor Univer­sity, in­cludes a two storey building with spec­tac­u­lar panoramic views and a pri­vate beach and head­land, with ac­cess to a se­cluded rear gar­den area.

An­cil­lary build­ings in­clude a sin­gle storey boathouse and garage near to a pri­vate slip­way and tidal cause­way. It is be­ing of­fered for sale for £1m and has been brought to mar­ket by Wil­liams & Good­win es­tate agent and com­mer­cial agent Avi­son Young on be­half of Ban­gor Univer­sity.

The tidal cause­way means plan­ning is needed AS I write this, I’m re­flect­ing on a week that be­gan with my dad’s pass­ing. He suf­fered from a pro­longed ill­ness that be­gan years ago, but saw him mostly bed bound for the past six months.

He has had a rocky road when it comes to faith. He first be­came a Chris­tian at a Billy Gra­ham rally many years ago, but he had al­ways strug­gled with the con­cept of for­give­ness, both for to en­ter and exit the is­land by car although a stone walk­way to the main­land is avail­able all day long.

The main sec­tion which is be­ing of­fered for sale ex­tends to ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 acres. oth­ers and him­self. Last week he told me that he’d read a book while in hos­pi­tal by my friend, Alan Snuggs, called ‘Sur­rounded by Je­sus.’

Alan re­calls an ac­count of when he was a young po­lice­man in the Metropoli­tan

Po­lice. Work­ing un­der­cover, and as a re­sult of a prac­ti­cal joke from a col­league, Alan found him­self in the cell of a neigh­bour­ing po­lice sta­tion.

Tim Good­win, direc­tor at Wil­liams & Good­win, who is per­son­ally han­dling the sale of the prop­erty, said: “We of­ten re­ceive in­struc­tions which gen­er­ate a buzz, and lo­cally this is gen­er­at­ing con­sid­er­able

When fi­nally re­leased, a frus­trated Alan was told that his cell door hadn’t been locked so he could have walked out at any time. His sit­u­a­tion re­minded him of the good news of the Chris­tian gospel. He writes “Many of us think that we are too bad, too far away from God for him to pos­si­bly want to come and save us.

“We sit in our own self­made cell think­ing we are stuffed, in­ter­est.

“The dis­posal of­fers a home­owner a truly unique op­por­tu­nity, and with off mar­ket in­ter­est hav­ing al­ready been gen­er­ated we an­tic­i­pate a high level of de­mand.” closed in, im­pris­oned by our sin and muck. But Je­sus has freed us al­ready. He did it on the cross. He has opened the door; we just have to walk out.”

My last se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion with Dad will stay with me un­til I get a chance to speak with him in heaven: it ended with him say­ing, “I’ve kept my­self locked in my own cell, but I not stay­ing in it any longer.” Philip Lord

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