A prayer for London

London 554x415The Revd Dr Peter Stevenson, minister of Crossway URC, London, reflects on Saturday night’s terror attack in the capital, and offers a prayer for us all.

Crossway URC is a mile from London Bridge and the Borough Market area where the most recent act of terror took place on Saturday night. The church was ready to offer help and accommodation to any displaced, confused or frightened people and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those closely affected. We particularly commend the emergency services for the professional and courageous work that they carried out.  Walking to worship on Sunday morning the area was more notable for the normal approach that people were taking, almost as if nothing had happened 12 hours earlier.  Let us hope that people are not suffering from compassion fatigue.

Prayer

THIS IS FOR GOD

Oh Lord hear our prayer, whether people of faith shout God, Allah or Yahweh.
Nothing can justify the taking of another’s life and we denounce the actions in your name that justify murder.
Help us to gather as people of faith against extremism and terrorism.
Help us to boldly speak out against those who wish to make us quiet.

May we never become numb to the suffering of others.
May we never become embittered by others
May we never accept that evil and atrocities are normal.

Lord bless us and keep us.

Amen