Friday, January 25, 2013


From December 2011

Right now, much of the world is thinking about the young woman who left home and gave birth to a boy. Today, I'm thinking of another mother, on a different kind of journey, returning home to prepare for the passing of a child - also her firstborn, also a son.

Indescribable joy. Unimaginable grief.

Mary's reaction to the news that she was miraculously with child is recorded in the Gospel of Luke and begins:

"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant."

Amy Lowe's reaction to the news this week that it appears there will be no miracle to save her son, Liam, from the leukemia he has valiantly fought for the last 13 months is recorded on their CaringBridge page and concludes: 

"We are already so thankful for the many many extra days we've had with him since last November 12 when he was diagnosed and since the first relapse on July 23. Our Liam is the most wonderful little boy. We are so so so happy for the almost seven wonderful years we've had to be his mommy and daddy."

Mary is said to have treasured up the events surrounding her son's birth and pondered them in her heart. Amy treasures her years as Liam's mother. And ponders.

Two young women, separated by 2000 years, their journeys taking them in different directions. Yet our faith in Mary's son tells us Amy's won't be gone from us long.


Liam died January 17, 2012. You can honor the Lowe family by donating to the water well project Liam started. Click here.


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