For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, have mercy. -- Noonday Prayer
That’s a hard prayer to pray today. Especially for Londoners.
This prayer asks for forgiveness, for enemies to become friends, for the humility to know when we have hurt others, for the acknowledgement of our complicity in the world’s pain.
I have no idea what that looks like in an age of terror. But that’s the challenge for us Christians, isn’t it? To figure out what self-giving, suffering love looks like in our time, then live that way?
No one said that following Jesus would be easy. In fact, we’ve been warned that the opposite is true.