Open Letter from the Bishop of Hereford and Bishop of Ludlow
To the people of Hereford Diocese – an Open letter from the Bishop of Hereford, Rt Revd Richard Jackson and Bishop of Ludlow, Rt Revd Alistair Magowan
Today we have watched with dismay the disruption and devastation suffered in many parts of our beautiful Diocese. The ferocity of storm Dennis coupled with repeated storm weather and high water levels this winter have taken a devastating toll.
It is at times like this that it can be hard to see beyond the distress, but there are also some wonderful stories of community spirit, people coming together to help those in greatest need, responding with generosity and kindness.
We wish to assure you of our prayers for those who have tragically lost their homes and businesses this weekend. We recognise that the road to recovering homes and livelihoods will be long. May our Lord God give you comfort and strength in facing the long journey ahead.
Bishop Alistair is ready to visit affected communities in the coming days, to hear first-hand the impact on the lives of local people. Bishop Richard, is moving to Hereford at the end of February and will be making a tour of our Diocese, including a special visit to Tenbury Wells in March to encourage and thank those who have supported people.
Please keep our communities in your prayers over the coming weeks.
+ Richard and +Alistair
A prayer for us all to use:
Compassionate God, you are the source of all our comfort,
We pray for the people whose lives have been devastated flooding in our Diocese.
Please bring them comfort;
We ask for your protection for the weak and vulnerable;
and we ask that you give strength and wisdom to all those working to bring relief to those in need.
May our response to their suffering be generous and bring you praise.
For we ask it in Jesus name, Amen