I was in the city on Monday. People were out & about: shopping, sight seeing, working, having coffee. There was small evidences of Christmas, trees in red pots lining the streets, an occasional wreath on a building. Events unfolded during the day that I think have shaken everyone in Sydney. A gunman holding hostages in a cafe for 16 hours ending with the tragic deaths of 2 innocent people. My heart breaks for the families of those involved & for the people who were held, who's live are forever changed.
It has been heartening to see the response in the aftermath. An outpouring of grief & support with the spontaneous laying of flowers in Martin Place, the hashtag #Illridewithyou bringing people together.
This is an unusual thing in Sydney but I'm reminded that there are parts or the world where fear, hatred & violence are everywhere. I pray that people will be resilient & continue to have hope. That they can love & support one another, show kindness and forgiveness.