Wednesday, 30 January 2008

We still love ...

Unusually for me, I was moved almost to tears by a news story today - full version over at Auntie Beeb.

Short version - man with schizophrenia kills his father, despite doctors knowing about the voices in his head.
Why the "almost tears"?

Firstly, there seems to be a reasonable case for saying that this tragedy could have been avoided. Inevitably we all make mistakes/ poor judgements, fortunately for most of us they don't lead to loss of life. What must the consultant(s) be going through? They need our prayers.

Secondly, Gary (the son) is going to need a lot of care for a long time - while he is ill, and especially as/if he gets better and realises the enormity of his actions. He needs our prayers.

Thirdly, his mother's reaction is a model for all of us. She said:
"It's been a horrific tragedy for us all, but as a family we still love Gary and we are all standing by him and hope that one day he will get better."

Pray for Mrs Ward and her family.

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