When my kids were babies and in pain and cried and couldn't tell me where it hurt, I prayed for relief for them.
"God, take away her pain. Give it to me. I can take it. She doesn't deserve it."
Moms, Dads, you know that prayer. If you've raised your children beyond their early years and into their teens, the desire to take away their pain has not diminished. You want comfort for your kids even if it that means torture for you. When your kids hurt, you hurt. When your kids hurt, you don't feel relief until your child feels relief. No matter what your kids do, you don't want pain for them. You want your kid to live in a universe void of cause and effect, justice, or consequences.
Today my child faced a judge and her child was taken from her permanently. My child's young life is devastated beyond anything I can even describe.
She told me she doesn't want to be a grown up anymore. And my heart hurts so hard. And I want I could trade places with her.