Mary, Did You Know?

This time of year, I think about Mary.

I bet there were times of joy. I bet there were times where she laughed, placing a hand on her growing belly, feeling her baby kick and tumble and somersault inside. I wonder what the first few moments of Jesus's life was like, holding him for the first time and feeling the heat of his body, so new, against her cheek. As Jesus became a boy, I bet she enjoyed watching him play in the corner of their home, or run about outside. As Jesus became a man, I bet she worried for his safety, scared of his future, wondered what was to happen to him now that she could no longer protect him.

It doesn't seem like parenting has changed all that much over 2000 years, has it?

I pray that in this season of what should be a joyous occasion, that those who are alone, angry, grieving, will find peace. It seems like this Christmas in particular, there has been a thread of darkness and uncertainty woven throughout. I have always thought of Christmas as a holiday for children, and there are many parents over the past week who are not able to celebrate the season due to the inexplicable and unimaginable decision of a truly ill person. The words to "Breath of Heaven" have always brought me comfort.

I am waiting in a silent prayer.

I am frightened by the load I bear.

In a world as cold as stone,

Must I walk this path alone?

Be with me now.

Be with me now.

Breath of heaven,

Hold me together,

Be forever near me,

Breath of heaven.

Breath of heaven,

Lighten my darkness,

Pour over me your holiness,

For you are holy.

Breath of heaven.

I will be taking the next few days off blogging to spend time with my family. I pray that this holiday season will be one of joy, love, and the soul-soaking warmth that the season can bring. I have a few posts lined up, one including a review and a giveaway that I'm excited about :)

Enjoy, and above all things, love.

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