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Thursday, December 4, 2008


So I don't know if I've caught Steve's scroogness (apparently its contagious) or if it's the face that it's December and the boys were playing outside in short sleeves and bare feet, but I haven't been in much of a Christmas mood. Despite the decorations, the cheery music, and festive sights and smells. So I decided to take some time every couple days to focus on the people of this season. First is Mary. I have so much love and respect for this woman. Being a mother is hard enough, but to be the mother of Jesus Christ.... How can I even come close to measuring up to this woman? I wanted to start with her because I think sometimes as we talk about the symbols of the season she tends to get set to the side. Because of her faith and willingness to submit to the Father, she was chosen to carry this very special child. How she must have been favored of our Heaven Father. I'm sure she was scared, and unsure of herself, as we all are as young mothers. And yet she took this on. And into the night she went and bore a child in a stable. This song by Amy Grant, Breath of Heaven, brings tears to my eyes.
(Here are the lyrics)
Breath of Heaven

I have traveled
Many moonless night
Cold and Weary
With a babe inside
And I wonder
What I've done
Holy Father
You have come
Chosen me now
To carry your son

I am waitingin a silent prayer
I am frightenedby 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 holyness
For your holy
Breath of Heaven

Do you wonder
As you watch my face
If a wiser one, should of had my place
But I offer-all I am
For the mercy-of your plan
Help me be strong
Help me be
Help me

Please take a moment this holiday season to rememberand honor Mary, the mother of Christ. The woman that she was, the faith that she had, and the load that was hers to bare.

The beautiful picture was painted by Liz Lemon Swindle. You can look at her amazing gallery, and purchase her work HERE.


Christy said...

I love that song too. Always have. And ya, I get pretty bah humbug around the holidays. Hence, the reason I love halloween so much. It's not so crazy and people can just have fun with dressing up and getting into the spirit of it. Christmas isn't what it's supposed to be anymore. It's inspiring that you're looking at it this way. It makes me think I should do the same so I don't have such a bad attitude around the holidays.

swalberg family said...

We've been reading our Christmas stories every night- and last night's was, "God Bless Your Way." It talked about how Mary was so sweet and loving- (amongst other things) and I of course cried. She is an amazing person to remember and look up to. Thanks for your post! ;)

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The Rambler said...

you were ahead of me in SITS today er more like tonight :)

beautiful post today.

Whitney said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really enjoyed this post. It's so sad that amongst all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, Mary doesn't get that much recognition. Thanks for posting this, it gave me something to new think about, which is always a good thing!

Joseph said...

Thanks for the beautiful tribute. Sidenote- while I'm not a fan of Liz Lemon Swindle, I do like the painting that you included.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

My favorite picture is the one where Mary is standing holding the baby Jesus. I believe it is titled Mary's Heart. Similar to the one you show here but taller.

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