On a day when many in Glasgow will be questioning why events of Friday night happened, and why their loved ones were the ones injured or killed in the incident, all I can offer is reassurance that many will be praying for you and your loved ones.
For those of you who do not know, at approximately 10.25pm on Friday night a police helicopter with 2 police officers and a civilian pilot crashed onto the roof of the busy Clutha pub in Glasgow city centre, injuring many and killing 8.
Some may think praying is not much to offer at a time of deep sorrow and disbelief, however for me although prayer may be all I can do, I believe it is the best we can all do.
It’s amazing what prayer can do. It comforts you, makes you feel whole inside, and gives you hope.
Through the pain and sorrow of these days, God will comfort those who mourn. The future may seem hopeless just now for some, but God can give them hope again.
To all those bereaved by this tragedy I offer my sincere condolences and pray that they may feel God’s love surrounding them at this time. To those injured, I pray that your physical and emotional scars from these events will heal quickly.
To all those in the emergency services who responded to the emergency call, I thank you for your dedication and commitment to help those in need. To you, my fellow Glaswegians who unselfishly tried to help and assist those caught up in the tragedy, I say well done for looking out for your fellow citizens.
I pray that God will comfort those who mourn tonight and surround all other affected by this tragedy with His love, providing hope for tomorrow.