“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….” The countdown is perfectly timed as the Red Arrows zoom from inland and appear just above the Bournemouth cliffs before flying out over the sea with a roar of power and acceleration. What a sight! What a sound! The display of the Royal Air Force jets thrills the thousands of people watching from the beach, promenade, cliff tops and from little boats on the sparkling sea.

The commentary during the display of aerobatics emphasises the role of the RAF. For all the jets’ power and the daring and skill of the pilots, the RAF’s work is to defend UK interests, make the world a safer place – and keep the peace. The Red Arrows’ aerobatics display demonstrates power in a peaceful setting.

There is power in peace. A love of power can result in conflict and violence, but the power of love can lead to peace.

If you’re a new mum you may long for a bit of peace as you wonder at the power of your baby’s lungs! My new book, “HELP! I’M A NEW MUM!” is a gift book of 3-minute prayers for new mums. Do have a look at the Books page on this website to read all about it!

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