Yesterday marked ten years since the dreadful bombings that devastated our capital city and changed our nation forever. It was the day after London was told it had been successful in its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. After a hard fought campaign, scenes of jubilation and tears of joy filled our screens. Little did anybody know that just 24 hours later we would all shed tears of sorrow as well.
Fifty-two people lost their lives and more than 700 were injured. We could dwell on the whys and wherefores of how such a thing could happen, but that could never bring anybody back. Instead we should look to our future.
When the victims left their homes that morning none of them knew that it was for the last time. Life brings no guarantees. As grim as it may seem, the only certainty is that none of us will live forever. How many of us would live our lives differently if we knew that this day would be our last? Who are the people we would choose to express our love to? Where would we choose to go? What would we choose to do? Many of us spend our lives focused on the things we want, but don’t have and in the process ignore the things right in front of us that really matter. Nobody ever said on their deathbed that they wished they’d put more hours in at work or that they had a bigger car. So let’s get things into perspective. Cuddle your children, appreciate your health, be thankful for the food you have on your plate, learn to forgive those who have wronged you. Tell somebody that you love them.So as we take time to remember the victims this week, take some time as well to be thankful for the little things in life. Life is a gift to be cherished, so let’s live life to the full, and demonstrate gratitude and appreciate what we have.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 English Standard Version