I am very aware that this Prayer Letter goes to the London Met. So my first thoughts are with you following the happenings of last Saturday evening. Also those of you on standby in Surrey and Sussex.
I was preparing to go to bed and turned my radio on and assumed what I was hearing was a re- run of reports from the Manchester happening. I sensed quickly that that was not so. I returned downstairs and turned on the TV. And so the awful horror was being played out. To all three Forces, so many thanks for who you are and what you do.
We have two congregations on a Sunday in my Church and on both occasions last Sunday, we were asked to stand in silence and then in open Prayer for all that had happened; all that was still going on and the many days ahead of you all. I am as I write aware of your wellbeing. I Pray that all of you have the opportunity to talk out what you see and do. With my other hat on as a Police Chaplain, I have the great privilege to listen to our Officers and Staff in Surrey. Please may I encourage you to seek out such people to chat through your thoughts and concerns.
Following our time of Prayer in Church as mentioned above, part of our Scripture Reading was taken from Exodus 4. A large section of the chapter is about God challenging Moses to carry out work for Him. Every encouragement from God resulted in a negative reply from Moses. Eventually Moses said “Oh Lord, please send someone else” verse 13. I am sure there are times you do not want to be in the middle of those things that are facing you. However I believe you have been called by God into this work to care for us and to bring justice. So, please be encouraged by the verse in the same chapter, “I will help you” verse 15.
“Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same” Heb: 13.8. No matter who has been elected, He never changes. Hallelujah!
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My daily Prayers are with you
Thank You for who you are and what you do.