Dear Country Squire Readers, I wish You a peaceful Sunday and a relaxed bank holiday Monday. I do hope You get to enjoy the beautiful weather and find a way of, at least temporarily, forgetting any problems in your lives.
Let’s be honest – Manchester is a dark cloud looming over us all. There is a sense of gloom out there and plenty to get upset about. Do not despair.
I want to leave with you with three things this weekend:
First, to point out that, at times, war can be a just war. In these times, it is worth all becoming acquainted with these parameters and conditions.
Second, to point out that the anger we feel as a consequence of attacks like Manchester is the anger the cowardly terrorists planned. We have the best military and security apparatus on the planet, so let them do their job unhindered. Pray that our political leaders make the right decisions and urge them to do so with all the influence You have.
Third, let us pray for peace. That somehow our pathetic enemies’ cowardly plots will be intercepted or abandoned; that they will realise the stupidity of their ways and the pointlessness of their beliefs. That light will conquer darkness; love will vanquish hate. Here is a Collect for Peace that will help:
A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom:
Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies;
that we, surely trusting in your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Have a Blessed Sunday.