I read St. Paul talking to the Thessalonians about caring for them the way a mother nurses her own children, and my heart aches at being separated from mine.
He describes care so deep that his companions shared not only the gospel, but also their very selves, because the people had become so dear to them.
That's what mothers do; share their very selves with their dear ones.
The would give -all- if they could. Most try to.
I know that I tried to.
For now I share in Paul's pain at separation, and join him in praying for their peace and protection and goodness and holiness.
I thank the Father that He is a God of restoration. And I choose hope.
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