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In many churches and cathedrals, people are invited to light candles and to write down their prayers. Often children do this, and often they are thoughtful and thought-provoking. Here is one I read some time ago. It simply said, “Dear God, everyone misses you”.
Now I don’t know what passed through that child’s mind as he or she wrote those words. Were they just the sort of words you write on a holiday postcard to a much-loved grandparent, or on a get-well card to a poorly aunt: an affectionate phrase that seemed the right sort of message to send to God? Or was there more to it than that? Whatever that child had in mind, I think those words bear thinking about. “Dear God, everyone misses you”.