Kate and Gerry McCann have officially been given ‘arguido’ status – they’ve been made official suspects in the investigation into the disappearance of their 4 year old daughter, 128 days ago, during their holiday in Portugal.
I have only previously written prayer requests for Madeleine’s safe return, and at this juncture I have no comment to make as to whether her parents played a part in her disappearance. How could I? I don’t know what happened.
What I do know, however, is that it takes only a nannosecond for public support to turn to suspicion. Prayer vigils turn into witchhunts, all too often on the whim of the Press. We are a fickle people.
Had Madeleine been discovered by now, whether alive or not, then perhaps one could comment on the irresponsibility of leaving a four year old unattended in an unfamiliar foreign hotel complex. I do have an opinion on that, but it seems an unsavoury thing to do, to shovel hot coals of guilt onto an already burdened family, does it not?
So for now, I must say that my thoughts and prayers are with Madeleine, wherever she may be, and yes, for her parents, who are innocent until sufficient evidence can prove otherwise. Please dear reader, join me in praying the following prayer…
A Prayer for the Missing
O, Blessed Mother and St Joseph,
you searched when your Son Jesus
disappeared when he was twelve.
You would not give up
until he was found.
You know the pain of having someone missing,
and the joy of finding them,
as you found your son.
Help those who are searching now,
to find the answers to their questions,
and an end to their searching.
Inspire people to be vigilant,
so that their eyes and ears
may see and hear news that will bring hope.
Comfort those who feel lonely and sad
because the one they love has vanished.
Be with them in the storm
and guide them in their efforts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.