Today: 7 October.
Today sees a number of significant dates in History:
Some are sad:
1937 in Bengal (India) a 40 Ft wave sunk 20 000 boats and killed 300 000 people.
1963 Hurrican Flora struck the island of Haiti and Dominican republic and killed 7 190 people
1985 Four Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, killing passenger Leon Klinghoffer.
2001 The Unites States and Great Britain launched an air strike against the Taliban in Afghanistan in revenge for the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks.
“Lord in your Mercy – Hear our Prayer for all those who have lost their lives.”
Some are happy:
1886 Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
1953 Chuck Norris emerges from steel and carbon.
1959 Julie Brett gives birth to her son Simon Cowell.
1993 Toni Morrison is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
"Lord in your mercy - hear our prayer of thanksgiving"
But nothing can match the joy of the birth of Desmond Mpilo Tutu on 7 October 1931.
I give thanks for his life and freely acknowledge the influence he has had in my Christian faith.
"Lord in your mercy - hear our prayer of gratitude"
Happy Birthday – my father in the faith.