I was observing a crisis rehearsal yesterday. “The incident” was a terrorist attack resulting many casualtties. I was impressed how quickly and well the organisation was able to respond and help people.
I was asked how I might help. I responded that the priest shoul be there; to listen, to stand with people, to comfort and to pray.
Little did we know what was about to happen in Paris in less than twelve hours later. Our colleagues are now facing in reality what we rehearsed on paper.
Pleaae pray for the people in Paris.
Many of us have just attended Remembrance Day services where we ‘pledged ourselves to serve God and all people in the cause of peace.’
Please pray for peace so that all people may go without fear.
As the rescue workers and investigators continue with their work, we are called to listen, to stand with people, to comfort and to pray.
‘Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold fast that which is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honour everyone; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.’ (from the service for Remembrance Sunday SPCK)