So we have encountered another act of mindless and senseless terrorism, this time right here in the heart of the United Kingdom.. no matter how often these outrages occur, we are still shocked to the core for all those poor people who have lost their lives, and for their heartbroken family and friends who are left behind to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives - lives that can never be the same again.
This latest act seems even more shocking, as it was targeted at youngsters, many of them only children, who, only a few hours previously had been so excited at going to a Concert. I suspect for many of them, it was their first ever Concert. Many would have been given the tickets as birthday, or Christmas presents, and we can all imagine how excited they felt as the day of the Concert drew closer.
I well recall taking my youngest daughter and a friend up to London to see Madonna, at Wembley Stadium, and I can remember how they were excitedly chattering away as they lined up to buy a souvenir programme. Put yourself in the position of some of the parents today, many of them who don't even know if their youngsters are dead or alive.
The majority of us will never be able to understand the mind of a terrorist, as they set off to carry out their despicable acts. Our Security Service in this Country is second to none, and we know that they have foiled many, many planned terrorist attacks over the last few years, and we give thanks to them for that. But how can you stop a suicide bomber who is hellbent on creating carnage?
We give thanks for all the rescue services who, once again, concentrated on helping others, with no thought for their own personal safety. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by the events of last night. This will remain with these youngsters for many, many years...I'm sure of that, and I hope that everyone will get all the support they need to try to come to terms with this evil in our Society.
As an additional thought today, we all enjoy using Facebook for purely innocent postings, but I can't help thinking that Social Media has a much darker side, as it helps the evil and perverted people in our world to pass information so quickly to each other. Does anyone else agree?
I have said this many, many times before, but we HAVE to keep thinking of the good things in our world, for all the GOOD PEOPLE in our world, and continue to pray that good will always overcome evil.
Today we must hold dear our loved ones, friends as well as family, whether they are near or far. Tell them how much they mean to you, tell them you love them, and remember all those who, sadly, are unable to do that any more.
Let us continue to pray for peace all over the world.