She didn't expect to be with child before marriage, for a start...a terribly had burden in the society of the day (and not much easier now).
She would have expected the life of a woman of the time, running the household of her husband Joseph, gaining respect from the other wives through the passing years.
And as the Mother of The Incarnate God, now she had to release all of that into the great mystery that held her.
She would always be singular, never one of the gang.
And that is what caregiving is like, because, like Mary, the caregiver holds life in her hands.
Music from Josh Groban, with What Child Is This.
Today's keyword for Advent-Photo-A-Day is release.
Previous posts in this series are
December 3 - The Meaning Of Christmas
December 4 - A Caregiving Home
December 5 - Caregiver, Please Wait For Me
December 6 - A Caregiver's Vision
December 7 - A Caregiver's Magnificat
December 8 - A Caregiver's Renewal
December 9 - Caregiver, What Is Justice?
December 10 - Caregiver, Find A Moment's Peace
December 11 - A Caregiver Needs Moments Of Silence
December 12 - A Table In The Presence
December 13 - Caregiver, You Belong To God
December 14 - Into The Mystery
December 15 - A Caregiver's Whole Heart
December 16 - A Caregiver's Open Arms
December 17 - Caregiver, There Is Still Joy
December 18 - What Does Caregiving Reveal?
Please pardon my slow response to comments. I'm doing my best, and your comments are really precious to me.
I'm really not doing well at all.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback in a few days!
Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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