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April 27, 2011
 

How Could You Do This to Me?

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Ever lost your child for a moment? A moment that seems like a frenzied forever? What was your response when your child was restored to your arms? Overwhelming joy, love, hugs and kisses,?  Or the terror swallowed in a relief that is released in a burst of, “How could you do this to me?   Don’t you ever do that to me again.”

Do what? Make you realize how much you love your child, and how horrendous it would be to lose him, that when he is found, all you can do is scold?

If so, then you can identify with this mother, blessed throughout all generations.

Passover celebration in Jerusalem, like Easter Parade in the city.
Sights, sounds of festival and religious heritage.
Family reunion, old acquaintances renewed.
Boy on the edge of young man, ready to spread his wings and fly.
Growing in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man.
He is drawn to the temple, to his Father’s business.
A mother’s worst nightmare — a lost boy. Like the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine, she leaves all to search for him, the unthinkable hounding her mind like a pack of ravenous wolves, tearing at her sanity.
Three days of searching, of crying, of hope deferred-heart sickness.
Three days of pressing on through the fear, longing, searching through the tears.
Back to the temple. Always ending at the cornerstone of Jewish life.
In the courts, the outer courts, they all look to him, astounded,
Surely this is a son of promise. Keep your eye on him.
Sprinkled priestly robes, pulled back to let a woman pass, just a woman looking for her son.
She cries, “How could you do this to me?”
He simply replies, “I must be about my father’s business.”
Hold him. Never let him go. If you hold him tight enough you can drown out the cries of Rachel, refusing to be comforted, heart pierced with grief. Drown out the cries with “How could you?”

Another Passover lamb is ready, perfect and set apart.
High Priest, high holy day, religiously officiating in his stained, holy robes. Keep my eyes on him. One should die for many.
Young man on the edge of immortality, growing in favor with God, disfavor with men, spreading his arms to die.
Family reunion at the hill of Golgotha.
A mother’s worst nightmare. A lost son. Behold your mother.
Outside the camp, one should die for many. Keep your eyes on him. Surely this is the Son of God.
What is the father’s business — this cup?
Three days of crying, of hope deferred-heart sickness.
Three days of pressing on through the fear, longing, searching through the tears.
The cornerstone behind the stone. Hold him one last time before you let him go.
God, how could you do this to me? Be it unto me according to your word.
Easter morning, the stone is rolled away, and the lost is found. Fear swallowed up in irrational relief. “How could you do this to me? I thought I had lost you forever.”
She wants to hold him, to never let him go, but he must be about his Father’s business. Always obeying the will of the Father, that takes him from his mother.
She watches him disappear into the clouds, trying to keep her eyes on him, knowing that she will never stop looking for him.
Three days at a time.

Shari Popejoy

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About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!



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