Peace & London Marathon
Today many take part in London Marathon. This event has come to symbolise the essential goodness of humanity in caring for one another and serving the needy. This goodness is intrinsic to the core values of this nation rooted and grounded in Faith, traditionally and primarily Christian. We rejoice and give thanks for that Faith and the Faiths of many who will take part in this event.
In the wake of the experience in Boston on Monday, we pray for the safety and wellbeing of every participant in the London Marathon. We also pray that no one will be tempted to cause disruption of any kind – peaceful or otherwise.
The experience of Boston had revealed the greatness of humanity in the face of human sin and evil. We remember in prayer with thanksgiving all those who courageously completed the course of marathon, those who responded with dedication and efficiency from the emergency services. We give thanks for the wise leadership of President Obama and his team in the face of impulsive claims of human weakness. We pray for those journalists who chose and maintained integrity and patience over impulse and short term gain.
Fostering fear remains the business of some while most chose courage in the face of adversity. We thank God for all who choose courage over fear; love over hate, peace over conflict and life over death. Fear, hate, conflict and death will be defeated by courage, love, peace and life. Therefore, with confidence we join St Paul and say, ‘O death, where is your sting!’.
Affirming our humanity and life at Easter
The resolve to follow Christ and celebrate his gift of Life at Easter is stronger this year than ever before.
This resolution is firmly grounded in the solidarity expressed by many friends from around the world, people of Faith and none. There has been a steady flow of letters and emails from many parts of the world to say that what had happened at St John’s in Aberdeen, Scotland is of significance to the welfare of humanity and for the good of our world. This affirmation has made us ask you our friends to continue to hold us in your thoughts and prayer so that we may continue to the good work.
Hospitality had been the watchword at St John’s since its conception some three hundred years back, when this little flock faced hostility. Sustained persecution for its first hundred years of existence made it resolute in its resolve to pray for forgiveness and proclaim liberty and peace. It is impossible to change that resolution in the face of renewed hostility now. On the contrary, the community at St John’s is resolved now more than ever, because of our many friends around the world who wish us to continue.
Restoration and affirmation of every human being is the essence of religions. Selfishness and fear corrupts that essence of religion. While we seek to resist selfishness and overcome fear, we can not do by our own strength and ability. We therefore ask you to pray and continue to keep us in your thoughts.
Please call on us if you are a guest to Aberdeen. God bless you. We wish you the promise of the Risen Christ. Fear not! Peace be with you!!