Like a lot of people, I first heard about the Paris attacks yesterday evening, on social media. If you are not yet aware of the situation, there is a lot of written coverage on the BBC News website.  There are also ongoing televised reports:

I don’t really feel qualified to report on the facts. Along with everyone else, I’m still learning more and more about what’s happening with every new report that’s released. However, I would like to encourage everyone to pray for Paris and its people. Or, if you are uncomfortable with praying, then please hope. Hope for those who are in danger. Hope for those who are losing hope.

Also, I’d like to share my own open prayer for Paris (anyone reading, please feel free to add to this in the comments).

I pray for all the victims caught in these horrific attacks. I pray for anyone, anywhere in the world who is scared and suffering. I pray for their families and loved ones. I pray that everyone who can possibly be saved is saved, and that they are returned to safety. I pray that these latest horrors do not give rise to xenophobia, of any kind. Now is not the time to turn on each other. There is never a time. I pray that we remember to look after each other, especially when it’s most important. I pray for harmony. I pray for understanding. I pray for love.

Finally, I pray that we remember to be kind. As kind as we possibly can be. Life is much too precious to be wasted on hatred.

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