Greetings, and welcome to the web site of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. Those of you who may have read our web page for June will recall that I wrote this column following the terrorist attack in Manchester in which a number of innocent people lost their lives and many sustained serious and life changing injuries. The Manchester attack came just a few days before the U.K. General Election scheduled for the 8th of June. On Saturday the 3rd of June, three terrorists embarked on a rampage of brutal murder in London resulting in the deaths of innocent people who were enjoying a night out with their family and friends. The nation watched in horror as these awful events unfolded on our news media. The nation then went to the polls on Thursday the 8th resulting in a ‘Hung Parliament’; meaning that no political party could command a voting majority in the House of Commons. This came just as the U.K. Government were about to commence ‘BREXIT’ negotiations in Brussels!

Following these dreadful events, the nation awoke to the scenes of the inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower in West London resulting in a very heavy yet to be determined death toll. We thank God for the great bravery of the Emergency Services in all of these incidents and the powerful community spirit that has come to the fore in London in the wake of these tragic events. Our prayers must be for all who mourn the loss of loved ones, and for those who are receiving medical treatment as a result of serious injuries sustained.

With these events in mind, I am reminded of the comparative fragility of life. Not one of us know what a day a may bring forth. Here we have instances of innocent people finding themselves caught up in the midst of these horrendous events. The New Testament writer James, in commenting upon the fragility of life, likens our lives to a morning mist that appears for a moment and is then gone. Seventy to eighty years in the light of eternity is but a moment. Real peace and security and hope for the future can only be found in knowing Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour. Knowing Him does not absolve us from the pressures of everyday life, but we are promised His peace and presence at all times no matter what our circumstances may be at and given time.