December 23, Day Four of Week Four – The Way of Peace though Peace

Luke 2: 19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

MAry and Jesus 5

Breath of Heaven   Song Link

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father you have come
And chosen me now
To carry your son

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

REFRAINBreath 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

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

Reflection:  This scripture is one short sentence power packed with insight.  Mary knows this baby boy of hers won’t belong to her long.  He is the world’s.  But for these moments in Bethlehem, he is hers.  For this time he is her baby, her’s and Joseph’s.  Her eyes and heart are bursting with all the many thoughts of a new parent.  Marveling at the miracle of a baby that grew inside her.  Counting his fingers and toes.  Touching the soft skin and sinking into the innocence of his eyes.  Knowing love like a mother, a love that can only be badly described because it is immense and powerful.  For now, the world is at bay and he is all hers.  She pulls all of it close to her, swaddling them as gently as the babe in her arms.  She knows the world is coming but for now, it can wait.

Action:  Today, treasure up all the things that matter most to you and ponder them in your heart.  Let it burst with gentle love.  Let that treasure travel with you all day and see where it leads.

Dear God, We are thankful for all the treasures in our lives.  Sometimes we take what matters most for granted.  Our focus drifts elsewhere.  Today, open us so that we may know as powerfully as Mary what makes our world sing with richness of love.  Help us find a quiet moment to ponder it all in our hearts.  Be with us now, Amen.

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