I have struggled to get my head round the horrific events of Wednesday. But, I wanted to offer this to you as a reflection of where my thinking has been leading me.
Firstly, my heart goes out to the families of all those who lost their lives in Wednesdays attack on London. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured.
I know I am not the only one who admired the professionalism of the emergency services. If you don’t already, please uphold these women and men in your prayers.
There will, no doubt, be a lot of speculation as to the motivation behind the attack. I cannot begin to imagine what can possibly lay behind somebody thinking that the taking of another’s life can be a good thing. In fact, the effect is more likely to have a negative.
Let me explain what I mean…
There are times when an event that takes place in one nation has a worldwide effect. One of those times was the tearing down of the Berlin Wall (9th November 1989). For many years nations had been engaged in a “Cold War” and the Berlin Wall was a powerful symbol.
With the collapse of the wall, a divided nation became one. It was a time of hope, the world suddenly felt safer there was a real sense of people coming together and reaching out to each other in new understanding.
As a nation, we stand at a crossroads. Wednesdays events could divide communities and build a wall of hostility. Or, we could take the alternative road, and not allow these events to divide us but, unite us as we stand against the forces that want to drag us down the road of destruction.
As a Christian, I take the Bible as my inspiration and guide. In it I learn that Jesus call is to love one another, even those we who would we regard as our enemies (Matthew 5 vs. 44). Jesus also said “blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5 vs. 9).
But, the words that have really spoken to me over these last few days were written by the Apostle Paul. He said;
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3 vs. 28)
Jesus breaks down the barriers that we are so good at building. Jesus can speak over all that divides and unite us. Today, and every day He calls us to follow Him and walk in His ways.
What might that look like for you today?