This statement has really got to me in the past few weeks.
A survey of Hate Crime across England and Wales since last year's referendum shows a significant increase- and Dorset is the WORST County - hate crime here has increased by 100%, more than any other county. I am deeply saddened by this - I have loved living here for the past two years, and would have happily said 'This is one of the best places to live' I don't feel that any more. I want it to be different. I want love, and understanding and tolerance.
These people on the receiving end - they are made in the image of God...as are the perpetrators of the hate crimes.
I want to see the atmosphere changed, I want people's hearts turned from hate to love, and I believe that it is only God's Holy Spirit who can truly change hearts. In the last 3 weeks, I have been to a number of events where we sang this song - its words really challenge me.
I imagine that Rend Collective wrote this from their background in Ulster, where men and women, brothers and sisters have been divided for so long, and where healing and peace is a slow process. But in the last few months these words seem so apposite for our whole nation.
Heal our streets and land, we pray