Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Candle of Hope

Tinsel, bells, glitter, lights, sweet songs of praise, warm greetings between friends and family reunions, happy excited wide eyed children, anticipation, expectations, traditions, caring and sharing.

These words conjure up the Christmas/holiday ‘moments of joy’ we have grown up with and know and love. If you have been dealing with great personal loss these old sentimental moments of joy may fall upon dark hollow ground.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Hope Springs Eternal: Words by Kevin Gosden

Last week we held our annual carol service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Kevin Gosden, father of missing Andrew Gosden, was one of the people to speak at the service. His moving words are below.

Last year, I spoke about 'hope' at the Carol Service in York. To my amazement, what I said became a beautiful song written by our choir leader, and then went on to become a charity single which reached number 11 in the download charts, thanks to some generous celebrities joining the choir to record the song. Today I have been asked to share some of my personal thoughts and experiences about hope, as I did at York last year.

Around 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

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