It has been just over a week since the terror attack in London which killed eight people and left nearly 50 others injured. The city of London is remaining strong in the face of terrorism and just recently, the city’s Southwark Cathedral reopened its doors.
The Cathedral is in the vicinity of the attack and was used by police in their investigation. According to Christian Today, the Cathedral held Sunday service yesterday, which was attended by hundreds of people.
Cathedral Dean Andrew Nunn recalled the “living nightmare” of the terror attack, but also gave a message of hope, stating that, in the midst of the violence and grief, “God was not absent on that Saturday night; God is never absent.”
“Saturday night last week was like a living nightmare. It's the kind of experience that only happens to other people, not to you, not on your own doorstep. But it happened to us, it happened on our own doorstep, literally; it happened in our own community that we love and that we've served in Christ's name for over 1400 years,' said Nunn, speaking to his congregation.
“Those years have seen their share of war and pestilence and fire but I doubt that ever before has the church been inaccessible to worshippers for a week, inaccessible as the place of peace and contemplation that people expect and need, inaccessible as the place of welcome and embracing, radical hospitality and love that we seek to be. But it happened,” he continued.
He encouraged those gathered to remember Jesus’ promise to be with them always and shared his hope that they would “confront evil with love.”
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Publication date: June 12, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.