Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34–35, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:26–27, NIV 1984). Hanging on the cross, Jesus had a spear thrust into His side. Standing at the foot of the cross a “sword” pierced His mother’s soul.
My wife and I have felt that “sword,” when our first born died. We have never had a greater emotional pain, nor can we conceive of a greater emotional pain. A pain we share with creation’s first couple and with the mother of Jesus. As well as the Father. But the pain will heal, ultimately without “scars.”
My Advice – “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13–14, NIV 1984). Hope for those “in Him,” the result of the sword that pierced Mary’s soul.