Contact
Streaming
Map
 
Enriching lives

Paris from Aylesbury

Home » News » Paris from Aylesbury

There is no doubt that recent events in Paris have shaken us to the core not least because we know now how easy it is to be caught up in such terror. We have all eaten out at restaurants, visited bars, attended concerts and sporting events. We have experienced that 'Friday feeling' when we relax and enjoy ourselves at the beginning of the weekend; how easily it could have been us.
Violence of such magnitude is abhorrent, inhuman; to slaughter innocent people is an atrocity that the world quite rightly has condemned. 'But what can we do?' is a question never far from our lips. It is not possible to stop someone who, with no regard for their own life, decides to kill indiscriminately. The temptation is to live fearfully; to cease to live as we have always lived; to be suspicious of everyone. But then the haters have won.
Instead may we:

  • Create and enable multifaceted community built on tolerance and understanding (the murderers in Paris do not represent Islam any more than Anders Breivik, the Norwegian killer, represents Christians)
  • Never let hate get the upper hand: hope, strive, work and live courageously in love
  • Value humanity: there is no such thing as collateral damage; every life is precious.
  • Pray — prayer is so much more than hands together, eyes closed; in prayer we shift our focus from ourselves to others and begin to be the change we hope for.
    Jesus said 'God so loved the world that he gave his only son'
    The love of God is not just for some, it is for the world; not just for those who are like us but for all people. And Jesus did not just talk of love he showed love by giving up his life for his followers and his detractors; in fact for all. It is only through acts of love and hope and prayer that one day hatred will be conquered. In our own small way may we be part of the answer to the world's questions.

    popular recent storiesAlso in the news

    Thought For
    Rev. Richard Atkinson: Sat 10 Apr 5:00am

    'Richard's concludes our week's reflections on the resurrection, helped by John 21:15-23..Jesus Reinstates Peter15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son...

    Thought For
    Ken Harris: Fri 09 Apr 5:00am

    Ken discusses events following the death and resurrection of Jesus and specifically, John's account of the disciples fishing on Lake Galilee in John 21:1-14.Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus ), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of...

    AMC Karibuni Zoom quiz
    Joy Murphy: Thu 08 Apr 12:00pm

    The situation re Covid-19 is dire in Kenya, with all education closed down again, apart from those taking National exams. It follows that the children we support are therefore not getting any food and we have to resort to sending out food parcels (or food vouchers where it isn't safe to give food) again.In Kibra, Makena, the social worker, fed all the children from the project, and was...