Tragedy is an overrused word but it is the only word I know to sum up yesterday's events on Dartmoor.
My son has been away over the weekend at the training event for the Ten Tors. My wife and I are both very proud of the effort he is putting into what is generally regarded a great character building event.
Sadly, however yesterday became a sad day. On a day in which the weather took a turn for the worse, a teenager lost her life. She was a student at Edgehill College which is a Methodist private school here in Bideford.
Whilst I visit the school from time to time, I did not know this girl. However, I know that the school has many fine people both amongst the staff and students. Under the excellent leadership of the Headmaster and Chaplain, the staff will be doing all they can to help members of a close knit community to handle their trauma.
Anyhow, tonight I invite you to pray for the girl's family and friends, the students and staff who were with her on Dartmoor, the other students an members of staff at Edgehill. They need your prayers to help them through this valley.