A prayer for Manchester

geograph 3188709 by Paul GillettThe Revd Andrew Mills, Moderator of North Western Synod, reflects on the Manchester bombing, and offers a prayer for us all

We woke this morning to the tragic news of the bomb blast at the Manchester Arena last night, at the end of the concert by Ariana Grande. With 22 dead and more than 50 being treated in hospital, the police are treating this as a terrorist incident. The pain felt for all caught up in this terrible ending to an evening filled with music goes beyond those of us who live in the North Western Synod, affecting our nation as an act of evil has once again destroyed lives and broken the peace of a city community.

And, in the words of a tweet sent by Ariana Grande, on hearing the news:

from the bottom of my heart,
I am so so sorry.
I don't have words.’

Gracious God,
Hear the cries of all people
in the brokenness of a new day,
where music is silenced in grief
for the loss of loved ones.

Jesus, suffering Lord,
hold in your loving arms
those caught in the distress of this tragedy
and sustain all who are working
to aid those affected.

Spirit of life,
when words fail us
speak through us
your word of Peace
into broken lives.

An emergency number – 0161 856 9400 – has been set up.

image © Paul Gillett, Creative Commons Licence