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Faith Strong Today is a digital Christian media network that aims to bring you honest conversations, real life stories, and meaningful messages to help explore faith and bring us together. On this podcast, you’ll receive daily programs from a variety of personalities, including ‘Hugs From Heaven’ with Moira Brown, ‘Your Story’ with Melinda Estabrooks, ‘WikiGod’ with Mark Groleau, ‘The Sweet Spot’ with Diane and Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, and ‘Mom Struggling Well’ with Emily Thomas.
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The Devastating Pain of Separation
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A number of years ago, our family went to Canada’s Wonderland. My parents were up visiting from the states and so we made a full family day of it. Because our children were fairly small, we spent most of our time in “Hanna Barberra Land.” But toward the end of the day, my parents offered to take our three kids to the duck pond so Ron and I could try out a roller coaster.
We waited in line for several minutes and so it was awhile before we came back. Quickly, we spotted Mom and one of the kids. Together, we made our way through the crowds until we found Dad, who also had one child. Puzzled, Mom and Dad said in unison, “I thought Adam was with you.”
Looking back, it was in the middle of my desperate panic that I remember having the vivid thought that, “Adam is somewhere, right now, and I’m not with him.”
Suddenly, having fun didn’t matter anymore. My heart fell as I realized my five-year-old son was lost. Immediately Ron took off running in one direction while I ran in the other, each of us screaming Adam’s name as we went. Several minutes later, we met back at the pond, both empty handed. And that’s when panic set in. Adam had been missing for at least 30 minutes. We knew we had to get to the front gate immediately (and of course, we were at the back of the park). While my Dad tracked down a Security Guard to phone ahead, Ron and I, once again, took off running. By now my side was hurting and my lungs were burning, but my physical soreness had nothing on my emotions. Part of me was missing, and I could barely stand the pain.
I can’t describe to you the deep horror that feeling of separation brought to this Mother’s heart.
Because he was a much faster runner, and in better shape, I lost Ron as he parted the crowds ahead of me. Huffing and puffing, I finally reached the front gate. And there, standing just outside of “The Lost Children’s Office”, was my big burly husband weeping into the blonde hair of my 5-year-old son. I collapsed into their arms, and the three of us just stood there, crying.
Looking back, it was in the middle of my desperate panic that I remember having the vivid thought that, “Adam is somewhere, right now, and I’m not with him.” I can’t describe to you the deep horror that feeling of separation brought to this Mother’s heart. And, actually, deep horror is