And it is a message which many others have heard and shared. Again and again in the past 24 hours I have seen articles and tweets urging people to pull together, to focus on shared values and humanity, to remember the love and bravery of the victims, not the hatred of the attacker. As Brendan Cox tweeted, from the Trafalgar Square vigil, London has not fallen, it has risen. Against hatred. Together. And this is how we need to continue: Against hatred. Together.
This morning's email reflection from 40 Acts (daily Lenten challenges) drew its inspiration from the Amish who, hours after a horrific shooting in their community, said We must not think evil of this man. It reminded us that in these moments of terror and uncertainty we must never forget that we can control one important thing, how we react. No options or actions were suggested, just radical, generous love; an extension of hope, an offering of compassion.
And really, for people of faith and goodwill, there can be no options; there can only be love...
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up... Galatians 6.9