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A Mother’s Broken Heart

We were still reeling with the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher when her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away. That is the depth of a mother’s pain when she loses a child. Some of you know that pain. I pray my daughters and I never have to feel it.

Imagine how Mary felt when she had to watch her son be put to death.


Jesus realized Mary’s pain when He looked down and saw her standing below Him as He hung on that cross. John 19:26-27 Jesus tells us, When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”  Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. Jesus knew someone would have to care for His mother once He died. And He chose the disciple whom He loved. Most scholars believe that person was John.

Mary must have been torn apart seeing her son suffer so. It didn’t matter that she was a follower of God and knew He’d be going to a better place. Her heart ached at the loss and the pain He went through. No good mother wants to see her child hurt.

Even if there is a rift between the two, a mother still suffers upon hearing of the death of her child. It doesn’t matter how old the child might be. And in cases like a divide, she might suffer even more if their estrangement was never mended.


There are words like ‘orphan’, ‘widow’ and ‘widower’ in all languages. But there is no word in any language to describe a parent who loses a child. How does one describe the pain of ‘ultimate bereavement’! – Neena Verma, Indian politician


When we go through the pain of losing a child, we must rely on Jesus probably more than any other time in our lives. A mother might be able to move on with her life, but there will be no healing of the hole created by such a loss. As a Christian, we have the hope of seeing our child again in Heaven.


I don’t know why children die before their parents. It doesn’t seem fair. All children are gifts from God, some made to return to their Heavenly father sooner than we’d care for them to. We need to cherish every moment with our children because we don’t know what tomorrow brings.

I pray for the healing and comfort of anyone who knows this loss. And that those who have never felt it, never do.

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