Sunday, 21 April 2013

In the midst of life…

…we are in death

says the Book of Common Prayer

This has truly been a difficult week for many, full of death


…death at the hands of a bomber in Boston


…death because of a factory explosion in Texas


…death in an earthquake in China


…and world leaders gathered in London on Wednesday for the funeral of an elderly grandmother whose life and actions affected many people [for both good and ill] – whilst in my own village on Friday, mourners wept at the funeral of a young mother, who died of cancer- leaving husband, children, family and friends utterly bereft.

There are no easy answers – but the BCP reminds us

In the midst of life, we are in death: of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord?

Today is the first day of a new week – there are signs of spring everywhere. I shall go to church to worship with my friends, and to pray for the bereaved, the injured, the hurting people, both in my little village and all around the world. May God give us all His grace and strength for the week ahead.

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Maybe not a song of joy- but a song of love, faith and hope.


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