Pondering, Preparing

Pondering, Preparing

These quotes from the book Joyous Expectation have touched me in a deep way. A connection to Our Lady and dear St. Joseph that I have never felt before. I am grateful for the blessing to ponder how they must have prepared for their Baby in the same ways I am preparing for mine …
“To celebrate Christmas is to journey in expectancy toward birthing and its aftermath. A woman waiting for childbirth is known to nest—to prepare her home from top to bottom: to gather, clean, weave, and wait. In her expectancy, Mary, too, waited and wondered.


Husbands prepare in their own way: providing, building, hammering and pounding—pondering, too, this little stranger about to invade their territory. Joseph journeyed with Mary.
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As we journey with [Mary], we wonder what it was like for her in her ninth month. By this time she had prepared what she needed for her baby’s arrival. Old stories tell us she was a weaver of fine linen. Her child would have the best. Joseph, a carpenter by trade, would have made the dwelling ready in his own way—crafting the finest cradle ever. They were ready.

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2 thoughts on “Pondering, Preparing

  1. Oh, you are right there with Mary in Bethlehem arent' you?

    Beautiful painting! It makes it look like it was warm and sunny on their journey doesn't it?

    Kind of a contrast to the St Andrew Novena right now!!

    Just an obversation.

    Anyway, thinking of you and praying everything goes good.

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