Well, it turned out to be a fine day on the Fylde weatherwise, but the air was heavy with the news from Boston. It did occur to me, though, that we get news of such bombings every day in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan, but they don’t have the same coverage.
I was impressed this lunchtime, though, when Matthew, who led communion for the gathered clergy of the deanery, prayed for simply for the victims of the bombs in Boston and in Iraq.
I wasn’t impressed with the BBC reporter speaking from Boston, though, talking about ‘complacency’ having crept in. Already looking for someone to blame, with the strange premise that this could have been prevented, and so someone is to blame other than those who chose to murder.
I was invited along this afternoon to invite someone to be baptised, at her request. She is quite young, but this is her choice, and she chose at that time to pray a prayer of commitment, led by her dad, and without pressure surrender her life to Jesus.
It was a kind of poignant reminder to sum up the day. There is sin and evil, but it can be turned away from, it can be renounced, and Christ can be accepted as Lord and begin to reign in new places and new people.
Praise the Lord, all you his people!