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The Pain of Parenthood

 

Two months ago we celebrated the Messiah’s birth. We recalled the hosannas of the angels, the adoration of the shepherds, the magi’s gifts and Simeon’s and Anna’s authentication of Him. 


What we don’t often remember are Simeon’s words to Mary: “And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Pain, in some degree, is an intrinsic part of parenthood, whether the parenting is biological or other. It may be caused by illness, disappointment or misunderstandings; by unwillingness to entrust a child to God’s dealings with him/her; by fear of society’s poisonous streams and their influence in re-shaping a child’s world values; or empathetic participation in a child’s pain. 

Whatever the source of parental pain, it is folly not to anticipate that it will occur at some point, for anticipation is crucial to preparation. And the best preparation begins before our loving God.

While pain is never easy, remembering that our Heavenly Father prepares us and supports us is vital to handling these situations in a godly manner. From the birth of her child, God was preparing Mary for the pain she would be called on to endure: “And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” At the foot of the cross, Mary must have realized fully the meaning of a sword piercing her own soul.

Yet, God had been preparing her to cope with this just as He is preparing us today.

Are we listening to Him … and preparing?

The Sanctification of the Lord
Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing
 

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