· Monday was my Birthday, and I had a really lovely day of treats and sunshine and rest. The evening finished with a relax in front of "One born every minute" on the TV - I love to share in all the stories of new life and family.
And then of course we all woke up on Tuesday to hear the terrible news of the terror attack, many injured and the deaths of 22 children and teenagers and mothers and fathers.
Their loss will ripple through so many many families, schools, communities. 116 people were taken to eight hospitals and 75 are still being treated, including 23 in critical care, some with life-changing injuries. This includes five children at the Royal Manchester children’s hospital.
The images conjured up in my imagination are too horrific, it's almost too sad to think about,
But I know that I can't hide away from it.
What can I do? What can we do?
Well we can pray - and when it all seems overwhelming I'm grateful to Christian leaders showing the way, giving me words when I don't have words. Here's a simple idea from Pete Greig to guide our prayers.
Whenever we hear or read more news, or whenever it comes to mind, pray through this list.
We #pray4manchester For its:
God hears our prayers. Prayer changes things.
Thousands at the vigil in Manchester