Friday, 19 October 2018

Thought for the week

OVER recent days we have been battered by images of real evil, man’s inhumanity to man

OVER recent days we have been battered by images of real evil, man’s inhumanity to man â?? innocent holidaymakers gunned down as they relaxed on a sunny beach and innocent commuters blown up while travelling on London Underground 10 years ago.

The shock and horror on the faces of survivors and the raw grief of family and friends who lost loved ones are almost too painful to look at.

It’s even more painful and bewildering that these evil events have been carried out in the name of religion.

What religion, we may ask, can kill in the name of God?

Where is the loving creator, the God of life, in these evil acts of terrorism? For the faithful he will be there  somewhere.

As stories of these awful events unfold, there is no doubt that where evil rears its ugly head there are heroes to be found â?? named and anonymous individuals who act instinctively to do what they could to help.

The first responders going about their daily tasks who just happen to be at the scene and jump into action to bring what support and comfort they can to the injured and frightened, dignity to the dead and dying, before trained personnel arrive.

It is in these acts of heroism, often unsung, that God is to be found; acts of compassion, empathy, kindness and love for another human being.

It can be better summed up in that rather outdated word “charity” as found in older translations of the Bible. It means so much more than the word love that has superseded it.

Charity is the love of God manifesting itself in so many amazing ways, through one human being to another.

Evil knows no boundaries. Those people indiscriminately struck down by unspeakable acts of terrorism in the name of religion were of all faiths and none.

The heroes and heroines who came to their aid were likewise of all religions and none. God’s charity knows no boundaries, it does not  discriminate.

Lives have been cut short in an instant, others changed forever.

One mother described her life ending on July 7 10 years ago. I suspect she may never come to terms with the violent death of her daughter.

A young woman speaks of coming to terms with the death of a sister by channeling the energy of grief into something positive, setting up a charitable organisation to help others.

It may well seem like the end of their world for those injured and bereaved in the most recent atrocity in Tunisia.

For them it is probably too soon to find comfort and consolation, but for those who believe we have an omnipresent God whose charity is for all to receive. He does not discriminate.

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