All my sympathisies go to the Church of England Vicar whose daughter was killed in the London 7/7 suicide bombings and who has now resigned because she finds it hard to forgive the men who carried out the suicide attacks. The Rev Julie Nicholson, priest-in-charge of St Aidan with St George church, Bristol, said she was struggling to reconcile her feelings with her position.
Mrs Nicholson said: "Forgiving another human being for violating your child is almost beyond human capabilities. It is very difficult for me to stand behind an altar and celebrate the Eucharist and lead people in words of peace and reconciliation and forgiveness when I feel very far from that myself.If someone were to say to me that my ability to forgive Jenny's killer would end the violence I could probably find the courage to do it. But I am not sure in my heart I would believe it."
Jenny Nicholson studied for a master's degree in advanced musical studies at Bristol University. She had been head chorister at St Mary's in Henbury, in Bristol, and had moved to Reading to live with her boyfriend, James White. She was travelling to work at the music publisher Rhinegold when the bomb exploded at Edgware Road. How very very sad.
I don't want to make any point here other than to reflect on the enormity of what is must be like to lose a beloved daughter int the way described. My prayers are for Mrs Nicholson and her surviving family. I hope they will find peace in God.