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Article by Sonia Falaschi-Ray in the July Diary June 19, 2017

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” Maya Angelou

We have all been reeling from the assaults of recent events. Most recently, the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, which has claimed at least 58 lives and resulted in hundreds of traumatised, displaced people who have lost family, friends and neighbours, along with all their possessions. Disbelief and anger, the first two stages of grief, are being collectively expressed, not just by those directly affected but by our entire nation. Recent terrorist attacks against Finsbury mosque worshippers, pedestrians on London and Westminster bridges and children at a Manchester concert, engender incredulity and fear. Politically, Brexit and its outcome, along with a hung parliament, may have left us feeling unsafe and insecure.

What sort of society have we become? What sort of society would we like to be part of? How should we act on the international stage? How should we nurture and educate our young, offer meaningful work and decent accommodation and care for our elderly, with the resources available to us? It can all get too much, with the risk that we mentally hunker-down and hope it will all go away, or at least not come too close.

Lamentation, raging at the dreadfulness of events, and their personal impact, has long been a type of prayer cried out by Jews and Christians to God. Raw, real and with faith that we are heard, not abandoned. Jesus, dying on the cross, utters Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? … I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; … But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!”

For God so loved the world that he, through Jesus, promised to be with us always as the one true, secure relationship we can have for ever, when all is stripped away. Grief gradually turns to hope, enabling us to trust love one more time and always one more time.

Many blessings Sonia, 07747 844265