7/7 Seven Years On

I almost missed the fact that it's the 7th anniversary of the July 7th bombings in London. My plans for the weekend revolve around summer fêtes, wimbledom tennis, visiting friends, Mass and preaching, I almost forgot to remember and pray for those hurt and killed. I almost forgot to pray for those who planned and committed the act of terror.

Christ tells us to forgive, to pray for our enemies, and while I lost no one I know in the bombings, I find it difficult to forgive what I watched on the TV and heard through various internet and social media channels during the chaos of that morning.

I am currently reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, in the chapter I read last night she was praying with her sister during a bombing raid as Germany attacked Holland. At one point her sister start to pray for the Germany pilots, Corrie then prays to God to listen to her sisters prayers rather than her own, as she was unable to pray for the German pilots right then. This is wonderful advice, when we find it difficult to follow Christ commands maybe we should pray for those who can follow the commands or maybe we could pray for Gods help in following the difficult commands at difficult times rather than struggle by ourselves to do what is commanded.

I think today when we remember all those affected by 7/7 we should also remember the advice Christ gave Peter containing all the sevens.
"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Matthew 18:21-22

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