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.
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.