Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “…And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
(Luke 2:34a, 35b)
Mary, when you held your Son for the first time, were you aware of the grief that would one day pierce your soul?
Did you know that you would have to return Him to His Father so soon?
Did you understand that your precious child would be called upon to give His life as a ransom for many?
Were you prepared to endure such heartache, such grief?
How were you able to let go? How long did it take before you felt whole again? Or did you ever?
Do your arms still ache to hold your Son?
Father God, this week my heart is broken over the loss of so many young lives, and the heroes who tried desperately