One of the earliest disciples, Jesus’ closest friend, stands at the foot of the cross amidst his crucifixion. Everything must have been overwhelming for John – the longing, lament, and loss. Jesus knows this all too well, as we are created to be in community with one another. Jesus ensures that even amidst death that love continues. “Woman, here is your son,” and John, “Here is your mother.” May we too hold close to one another amidst longing, lament, and loss for each of us is Christ’s dearly beloved.