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We are sure that you would join us as the Association team in expressing our deepest sadness at the tragic loss of lives in yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster. We join with well wishers from across London and the world to express our heartfelt sympathy to the families of the innocent people that were killed. Our prayer is that they would know the peace of God at this very sad moment.

 

The news of a terror attack in Westminster and on the Houses of Parliament yesterday afternoon brought into sharp focus the precarious nature of life in London in 2017. Innocent and unsuspecting individuals going about their everyday lives were unexpectedly drawn into and caught up in a tragic drama that unfolded around about them with lightening speed. The shock on the faces and in the voices of eyewitnesses testified to the horror of what unfolded.

 

The details of the attack are still being gathered and released by The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command. However, the arrest of a number of individuals thought to be associates of the terrorist seems to indicate that he may not have been working alone.

 

As Christians we are a people of hope. However, our hope is most severely tested in the face of adversities like yesterday’s terror attacks. The shock and anger we feel in the aftermath can cause us to want to retreat and recoil from the others, from those that are different, or like the terrorist and fill our minds with fear and suspicion. That is not the way of the cross. In circumstances such as these we are called to be God’s salt and light – to bring flavour and to enable sight in what is no doubt a sad time for our city. 

 

We therefore draw on the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6: 18 and to ‘pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.’ Encourage your church members and visitors to do the same – our city desperately needs the church to be praying ‘for the peace of the city.’ Exhort them to resist the evil of hatred and discrimination in word and deed that inevitably follows such an attack as individuals struggle to find a way to process what has happened. Remind them that we have a higher calling in Christ.

 

As we approach the weekend we pray that you will know God’s ‘peace that passes all understanding’ and be shielded ‘under His everlasting arms.’ We stand with you in prayer.

 

David Shosanya, Kumar Rajagopalan and Phil Barnard

 

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