This job, this way of life as a Priest offers many opportunities for both sadness and joy, in my own life and the lives of those around me.
This last wee while has seen deep, deep sadness in the unexplainable loss of a toddler: devastation for parents, and for congregations who hold a young couple and their daughter in high regard. The phone call came the morning after she died, and i didnt want to believe my ears. R&R were faithful members of HC whilst in Glasgow, good friends to Alan and I. They have kept in touch with news of their daughters arrival, bringing her to meet the congregations and sharing her life with us. And now she is gone. There is nothing to be said or done which can heal the pain for her mother and father or extended family, a light has gone out in their eyes. So i did all i could on the phone – I cried with and for her mother, we both proclaimed the unfair horror, and cried some more. Sometimes its all we can do, all we should do.
Faith was bright, happy, cheerful, smart, cheeky, inquisitive, gentle. She will be missed more than words can know or express.