TIME TO REMEMBER
While celebrating what we are lucky enough to have at Christmas time, I am always acutely aware at this time of year of those who aren’t so lucky, or who’ve suffered a terrible loss. Christmas for them is an agonising reminder of what they don’t have.
A few weeks ago I interviewed the mother of Corrie McKeague, the serviceman who went missing. Nicola Urquhart is around the same age as me, and was desperately worried about her child. Sitting opposite her, I could literally feel her pain.
Families do interviews like this, however harrowing they may be, because it can help in the search for people. Nicola and I both knew this, but instead of asking her questions, what I really wanted to do was put my arms around her as she cried.
Shortly afterwards I spoke to the parents of Stella Kambi, one of the teenagers who drowned at Thorpe Marshes last year. They did an interview after the inquest so they could pay tribute to their daughter. They have a very strong faith, and when I asked how they were coping, Stella’s mother said very quietly “I am trying my best, but it is so hard”.
People endure such dreadful things, and somehow manage to carry on. Some we know about, others may be suffering a private agony they’re hiding from view. Let’s hold them in our thoughts this Christmas, and pray they can find some joy in the festivities and, most importantly, some peace.