First, a quick announcement - Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is available again on Kindle, and will be available in paperback in a few days. This is all thanks to Carol Ashby; I could not have done it.
How does one prepare for an awful privilege, a terrible honour?
Dear Caregiver, how do you prepare to see your beloved spouse out of this life?
You know it's coming, and all the prayers in the world, the most robust optimism, can't keep that day away forever.
How do you hold onto your faith, which may be cracking under the terrible strain of your own helplessness in the situation, to give faith and strength to someone who is looking to you to be their strong tower?
You did not ask for this; how can you possibly fulfill your anointed role?
Mary understood this, in a different way. In the Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55, she says,