As we all come to terms with the death of Annie can I please ask you also to pray for Rory Allen. Rory was in the car with Annie and was airlifted to hospital after the crash.
Many of you will remember Rory's parents John and Louise. John was on staff as our youth worker for a time before they moved up to Sheffield to be part of a church there - they were very special friends to many of us. I spoke to John earlier on today. Rory is now in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital and is in a critical but stable condition. He is currently under sedation and the doctors are awaiting the results of a brain scan before they can operate on his right femur which is shattered and his left tibula and fibula which are both broken. He is breathing by himself and his vital signs are good, although he is currently on a ventilator to provide additional oxygen. John was very happy for me to share this with you on the blog.
Just as we are praying for comfort in our own community let's be praying for Rory as well. Pray for the doctors to do what they can do, and for God to do what only He can do. Pray also for John and Louise as they sit with Rory, talk to him and pray for him.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying today and sending in messages and texts of encouragement - it means so much. God is in all of this, even if we from our vantage point struggle some of the time to see quite what He is doing. His ways are indeed higher than our ways.