We have been reminded that Blackpool is a place that attracts people in dire need. They are welcome here, but seemingly by people who want to use them, not to bless them.
Our own feeling of being economically challenged means we see them as scroungers; our worries about our security means we see them as criminals; our own uncertainty about our destiny and purpose means we are overwhelmed by the meaning of it all in general.
This isn’t the whole story of Blackpool, but it is today, because it is the story on the news. But it is the whole story for the people it highlights.
We, however, have been loved by God. Welcomed as children, though actually scroungers, criminals and astray from hope ourselves. This is our story. It is the gospel as we have received it.
We are here to bless.
People, get ready.
(This is my reflection on a prayer meeting I was part of this morning, praying for Blackpool)