Years ago I sat in the chapel of a small funeral home bidding goodbye to a small child we’d all never met. My best friend had in a very short time both conceived and miscarried her daughter, “Grace”. I watched my friend go through the motions of the funeral and my heart broke for her grief.
On this Easter morning we think about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. When Jesus was an infant, it was spoken that “a sword will pierce your own soul”. Mary pondered these things in her heart even as she was thrilled in the joy of her miracle Child. She didn’t know it at that moment that less than 33 years later she would endure grief beyond measure at the death of her Son. It’s easy to forget that she understands the grief of a Mother that miscarries or buries a child early because of stillbirth or SIDS.
Jesus didn’t forget. Even as life ebbed from his own body, Jesus thoughts were for her. Let’s listen in. “Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Woman, he is your son,” And he said to this disciple, “She is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.” John 19: 25 -28
What a beautiful picture of adoption. Jesus made sure His own mother was taken care of. In your deepest moments of the darkest hour. Jesus is thinking of you. Jesus is caring for you.
Can you imagine the thrill of seeing Jesus on that early Sunday morning, while it was still dark. Mary would have been part of the grieving group when the news came. “He is alive!” She was inevitably part of the group when Jesus appeared to all His disciples that first day of the week. What Joy!
There is a day coming my friend, where we will see those we have loved and lost and will forever be reunited with them in the presence of God. Jesus has got your baby… You will see your little one again and will experience the joy of that Easter morning when we can rejoice together.
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Happy Easter everyone!