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It’s my great privilege to welcome you to another edition of Reflect. During the summer, like millions of others, I was glued to England’s progress in the European Championships. After we lost the final in that dreaded penalty shoot-out my 8-year-old son was angry: 

“What a waste of time!” he said. “I’m not watching football anymore, it’s stupid.” 

I tried to reason with him, but he just got more mad. I told him that this was the joy of sport – you just don’t know who’s going to win. His anger increased. I told him that he just needed to go to sleep, and he’d feel much better in the morning. Incandescent with rage he exploded: 

“Aren’t you mad?!” 

I lost my temper and launched into a rant about how I’d been watching England lose crucial matches and penalty shoot-outs for over 20 years. My son was quiet for a moment and then, in a very reassured voice, just said – “Oh, ok.” And he trotted off to bed. He just needed to know that I felt his pain, that I was upset too, that he wasn’t alone. 

In Matthew’s gospel, the last thing that Jesus says to His followers is “be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” What a statement to leave them with. In their joy, pain, difficulties, challenges, ups and downs, highs and lows, he promises to be with them. 

Our neighbours in Myanmar experience the instability and volatility of military rule. Our friends in Burundi struggle to come to terms with their country’s violent past. Women environmental defenders in south east Asia face discrimination and isolation. Thank you for supporting Cord’s work to make peace a reality and for standing alongside these communities. As we join together in prayer, may they know that they are not alone, that God is with them and that we stand with them. Let us pray together again for Cord’s work to bring peace and healing. 

Thank you for committing to pray for our work, we value your prayers so much. 

Nick Thorley 

Fundraising Manager

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