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To My UK Pals: Stay Safe!

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   11 Comments | Posted in Britain · London · riots · UK

The news coming out of Britain is disturbing on many levels, and as I’ve read varied reports about the riots in London–now scattered across the UK, according to the latest news–my thoughts have continuously turned to my UK blogging friends.

Such civil unrest is something you have dealt with before, as have we here in the States. Knowing it eventually ends is thin comfort while it is occurring. It never paints a pretty picture, and it is frightening always. 

The last few news bites offered quotes from a number of British citizens, and I was heartened to hear people from many different ethnic backgrounds say this is not about race; that, in fact, this unrest seems to be bringing diverse groups together in many communities as people reach out to help and support each other in the wake of violence. This shows me more about the true spirit of the British people than any photo of London in turmoil.

So, for my friends “across the pond,” please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many here. I know I am not alone in saying that while we watch the news and search your blogs, we will continue to pray that each of you and your families stay safe and well out of harm’s way.

God bless.


11 Responses to "To My UK Pals: Stay Safe!"

  1. Comment by Lynn
    August 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm  

    I feel so ignorant as I don't watch the news and I never know what's going on, so thanks for sharing and I'll be sending love their way!

  2. Comment by Tizzy
    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm  

    Thanks for the acknowledgement Lisa. I haven't seen any of the riots firsthand as they haven't spread to my town yet, but it's a little unnerving nonetheless. I agree with what you said about it not being about race- it seems more to do with class politics and spending cuts etc. but the way that people have pulled together is pretty inspirational. There are already loads of groups on facebook supporting the clean up and people are donating money to have things sorted out. Hopefully it will all blow over and the country will be stronger for it.

  3. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    August 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm  

    Well said Lisa. It has been a discouraging week. I'm so glad cooler, kinder voices are being heard and reported by the media.

  4. Comment by Tammy
    August 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm  

    Amen to all of that!

  5. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm  

    Thank you Lisa. I have some newer blogging friends from the UK, but I'm not sure where everybody lives or if they are effected.I share your sentiments.Kathy M.

  6. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    August 11, 2011 at 8:42 am  

    What a nice post, Lisa. I pray to see future generations fostered with a love for humankind as one united race.

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm  

    Lynn – I'm sure all love and prayers are accepted and appreciated. :)Tizzy – Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'm glad you've been unaffected so far, and that your town is not involved in the unrest.Laraine – Agreed! I was happy to see some positive statements.Tammy – Thanks!Kathy – Thanks. I hope your friends are okay.Deb – That would be Heaven. . .

  8. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    August 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm  

    Hi LisaThanks for your words. I am fortunate to live in an affluent part of the country, so I have not seen any disturbances first hand. I heard one radio commentator call it aspirational rioting – people are fed up with having so little (when they see others with so much) and are frightened about the future, particularly when there is so much talk of the world being plunged back into recession by sovereign debt defaults. This does not excuse violence or criminal behaviour in the least but it is a measure of how disassociated from society some people feel. On the other hand, as you pointed out, we see an even greater desire to stand in solidarity with those affected. Society has not disintegrated, the British people have not suddenly degenerated into thugs (!), as a nation we are determined to rise above the selfishness of a few.

  9. Comment by anita
    August 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm  

    Beautifullly expressed, Lisa, We all wish everyone there peace.

  10. Comment by jabblog
    August 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm  

    Thank you, Lisa, for your kind words and thoughts. We are not affected in Berkshire but one of our daughters, in South London, could hear and smell the rioting! Young people are aware of their 'rights' but not their responsibilities as British citizens. This weekend will see whether the firmer police responses will be effective.

  11. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 13, 2011 at 8:09 am  

    Dom – Britain has shown time again that she possesses a valiant spirit. I agree that your nation will "rise above." It always does.Anita – Thank you. Jabblog – Thank goodness your daughter is okay. Unfortunately, Britain is not the only place where people are "aware of their rights but not their responsibilities." Here in the States it isn't just the young who don't understand that concept. We have plenty of adults who seem to be muddy on that, as well.

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