ON JULY 5 1841, Thomas Cook, a businessman, organised a trip of 11 miles by train, from Leicester to Loughborough for a group of temperance campaigners to a teetotal rally in town.
From then on he organised trips to various UK places and he became the forerunner of establishing tourism systems.
Since then millions have enjoyed holidays worldwide with Thomas Cook, but this week the company is no more, causing great dismay and chaos to the thousands stranded abroad.
In the same daily newspaper where I read of the loss of Thomas Cook, were two more stories of losses.
The one being the death of a glacier in Switzerland, which in thirteen years has completely disappeared and the other reported on the disappearance of the Cuckoo from our countryside.
Throughout our lives each one of us will have experienced loss in one way or another, causing us great distress and sadness.
When we read the Bible accounts of the happenings in the life of Jesus Christ, we see so many occasions when he encountered people who had problems in their lives.
He met them and blessed them in their need because they asked him to help them.
Whilst we cannot see him physically as they did, we live in the truth that we can pray to God, the Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ and He hears us.
Let us remember that Jesus Christ loves us and wants to be part of our lives in the good times and the not so good.
Something to Think About is supplied by Churches Together in Evesham and District