Today was the perfect day for baking. Rainy, cloudy and cold. For here anyway. We haven’t had snow here in twenty years. Every year, that is always the topic of conversation, do you think we will get snow this year? I live in the Central Valley of California. The bread basket of the world. My son and his wife have been going around the U.S. for nine months and they say that every store they go in and look at produce and look for a label of where its grown, it is here in the Central Valley.
Today is day 6 of our Advent time of posting every day. Its a good challenge for me. It has kept my mind on the Nativity and on looking at what is important and not how much I need to get done.
I was thinking about Isaiah today. I have always loved that passage.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from that time and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.”Isaiah 9:2,6-7
I have had babies on the brain since the birth of our 10th grandchild, four weeks ago. I had to come home too soon. I was thinking when I saw this picture, imagine holding a baby who has already been named all of the things in the above verse. Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Rocking and holding the Son of God in your arms. Smelling his sweet baby head. Rocking Him to sleep. I love that passage in Luke.
“…And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:18-19
Doesn’t that make your heart happy to think of Mary, hearing all of that and storing those words in her heart. I know as a new mom, the morning after the birth of my first baby, I remember waking up early in the morning, and my heart was singing for joy. I wanted the whole world to know, I had a baby. It was such a time of rejoicing. I can’t help but think Mary would have thought those things too.
Its been a nice day to think about those things. Today my daughter texted me to tell me something cute one of my grand daughters said. My son on the road sent me a picture of a half Border Collie that he wanted me to see. ( I love Border Collies.) My other son and his wife Face timed with me on a hike with them in Kauai. My youngest son, still comes home for lunch from work. My middle daughter sends me texts with I love you Mom! As I write this my third son number five, is playing all of my favorite Christmas songs on the piano while I write. I am so thankful that I was given a gift of Motherhood. I feel very loved and appreciated.
But imagine, Mary being told by an Angel she would be the mother of God. It just boggles my mind. Her son would be for the salvation of the whole world. I know how over the moon proud of my children and grand children. I am sure she watched every thing he did with awe.
Thank you so much for visiting today. Its lovely to have this wonderful experience. Have a lovely sixth day of Advent.