Kirk moderator sends 'open letter' to people of Glasgow

By staff writers
December 28, 2014

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has written an 'open letter' to the people of Glasgow, offering support and prayers following the recent tragedy in George Square.

In a message of hope to the bereaved and injured in the bin lorry accident, the Rt Rev John Chalmers says: “People of Glasgow and particularly those families closest to this tragedy and trauma, please be assured that there are people willing to journey with you through this testing time while the rest of us continue to remember you in our thoughts and prayers.“

He continues: “I know that People Make Glasgow and I know that the people who make Glasgow will still have it their hearts to celebrate Christmas - the time when the Light of God pierces the darkness of the world, I pray that somehow that light will pierce the darkness that has fallen over your Christmas week.”

Mr Chalmers says he is confident the fortitude of the people of Glasgow will in time help them triumph over this disaster. He goes on to praise heroism already evident among countless bystanders, hospital and emergency workers.

Speaking of different forms of support he says: “I know one minister who is sitting with a one family who has lost a dearly beloved daughter. She is not trying to offer explanations, but her job this Christmas is to be there, to pray with few words and to light a candle in the darkness. The world is all the poorer for the loss of each one of the lives of those who died.

“What is needed now are people who are prepared to travel with the grieving and the traumatised throughout the next three months, six months, two years and so on, and those who do that will be doing the work of the God who does not arbitrate on the calamities of life, but who most certainly journeys with people through valley of the shadow.“

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