The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. He will rule over Jacob’s house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom.”
Luke 1:30-33 CEB
I've given up trying to get my head around my life right now! So many holy times, so much heartbreaking pain and confusion surrounds me as I attempt to move through the day. I believe the message is to let go. My God, my Lord has this – yet I still struggle.
These are my thoughts as I have been navigating what it means to mother two teens through their own emotional and spiritual journeys. We could imagine Mary having these thoughts. Mary must have been wrapped up in so many conflicting emotions and obligations leading up to the birth of her baby. Would all be as promised? How could she see her life as promised?
As I approach that Holy Birth, how am I choosing to see God's promises in my life?
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Creator and Creating God, in the midst of my life, help me to stay focused on your promises, on your presence, on the hope you shared in and through Jesus. Help me to choose to see my life and the lives of those around me through those promises. Amen.
Daphne is a modern mystic who finds herself in the midst of caregivers who are seeking emotional and spiritual support. Daphne enjoys facilitating support groups, threshold gatherings, and prayer circles. She is also available as an anam chara, or spiritual friend, to caregivers. In 2013, Daphne co-authored A Tapestry of Love, the Spirituality of Caregiving with Joseph V. LaGuardia. Tapestry provides caregivers with inspiration and hope. Support is offered through the explanation and introduction of a number of spiritual practices. The book is available through www.atapestryoflove.com and through Amazon