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As I write this we are in the midst of a heat wave which some will be enjoying but others will find difficult. But our weather is changeable and unpredictable so it could already feel more like Autumn by today?
The worlds of politics and economics seem also to be increasingly unpredictable; worlds in which leaders struggle to respond to issues of the moment with clarity, integrity and compassion.
Following two UK terrorist attacks and the disastrous fire in Grenfell Tower, Tom Bradbury of ITV News at 10 commented: ".... we are divided, rich and poor, left and right, in and out of Europe; we barely have a government and all anybody seems to wants to do is to shout at each other ever louder. Once in a while an event happens that holds a mirror up to a society; this is surely one such. The question is "what will we see?" and more importantly "what will we do about it?"
In Hebrews 13 we read:
Keep on loving one another. Do not forget to entertain strangers for by so doing some have entertained angels without knowing it!
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Say with confidence, "the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Perhaps we are a divided society, but in the response on the ground to all those incidents ordinary people, of all faiths and none, came together to help in whatever way they could; humanity at its best. Light shines in the darkness and love will triumph over hatred and evil — this is the message of the Gospel.

Yes the future is uncertain but we have no need to fear as our unchanging faithful God walks with us and our hope is in him. What will we do about it? Our mission of love and reconciliation could not be more important and needed; let's seek to build bridges and reach out to all offering love and hope in an uncertain world.

Liz

Beauty for brokenness,
Hope for despair,
Lord, in Your suffering world
This is our prayer:
Bread for the children,
Justice, joy, peace;
Sunrise to sunset,
Your kingdom increase!

Refuge from cruel wars,
Havens from fear,
Cities for sanctuary,
Freedoms to share;
Peace to the killing-fields,
Scorched earth to green,
Christ for the bitterness,
His cross for the pain.

God of the poor,
Friend of the weak,
Give us compassion we pray:
Melt our cold hearts,
Let tears fall like rain;
Come, change our love
From a spark to a flame.

In our prayers we remember:
Victims of war and famine around the world, all those affected in recent terrorist attacks, all involved in the Grenfell Tower fire, political leaders in Northern Ireland, political leaders involved in Brexit negotiations.....

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