Building off of yesterday’s post on sharing the good news, today’s verses are encouraging to me because of the “but” that begins the passage: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were … More Advent Day 18: Treasure These Things
Get any group of mothers together with a pregnant woman around, and it will only take a short while before the birth stories begin. I never tire of hearing the tales. Hours spent in labor. Induction. Ice chips. Husband nearly fainting when he saw the epidural needle. We laugh, we cry, we each take our … More Advent Day Fourteen: Birth Stories
When I was five months pregnant with Elvis, I thought it would be a really fun idea to travel by plane with Lydia, who was ten months old, by myself, to meet Brandon and his baseball team in Florida over spring break. As I maneuvered down the center aisle of the jet with Lydia on … More Advent Day Thirteen: Traveling Pregnant
I learned something new today, thanks to Wikipedia: Mary’s song in the book of Luke makes strong allusions to Hannah’s song in 1 Samuel 2:1-10, and if you have some time, go back to the first book of Sam and give it a read, then follow along with Mary in Luke 1:46-56. The parallels are … More Advent Day Twelve: Mary’s Song and My Song
There’s a moment after you say, “Yes, Lord, let it be as you have promised,” when doubt floods in. Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea. Maybe this path that looked so blessed while Gabriel was hanging out looks dark and lonely now that the bright winged angel isn’t nearby. You are small. You are … More Advent Day Eleven: Wait, what?
“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, … More Advent Day Nine: Divorce Her Quietly
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is … More Advent Day Eight: Mary Hears from Gabriel
First“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 You wouldn’t stop moving, pushed against my ribs, and I pushed back. We exchanged our first conversation,just my skin between your hand and mine. We spoke our first nursery rhyme, sang our first hymn. I breathe every memory—not of visitors or … More Advent – The Third Candle: Joy, Mary’s Candle (Poem)
Mary at the Cross I am not old. A bewildered mothersince conception who stored up each moment. Now I will recall the way you reached for me, a babe, and only see your outstretched arms. Son, do not abandon me—every hourhas been mystery, how my Lord suckled at my breast, relied on me to learn … More Last Words Series Part Three – "Mary at the Cross"