A dark day on a beautiful patch of earth
A good friend Rachel, works for the United Reformed Church in that area. Today she emailed me, asking us to remember them.
I find it hard to believe that 6 months and 2 weeks after the Cumbrian floods I am again blurring my private and work email address lists to ask for prayer for people on my patch. But if you've seen the news, you know that currently it seems that 12 people are dead and 25 more injured in a shooting rampage that began in Whitehaven and spread to many other small West Cumbria communities before the local gunman killed himself.
These are communities where everyone knows everyone - there is no chance (if there ever is) of the emergency services and local clergy feeling detatched. From the floods we learnt how long the effects are felt - those wounds are far from healed, and just last week kids from the same neighbourhood were in the bus crash in Keswick - in fact the funeral of one of them was taking place as the shooting began.
So tonight as you head off to sleep, spare a thought for those who are left in this world with pain and hurt after a day like today.