As we transition from Advent to Christmas, spiritual director Becky Eldredge shares how her own experiences as a mother help her relate to Mary and enter into the seasons. This reflection originally appeared as the dotMagis post “Mary Receiving Jesus into Her Arms.”
Mary had a 9 month Advent..waiting for the coming of her baby, Jesus. I gave birth 4 times and during each pregnancy, I marveled at the miracle happening inside me and was awash with love for this new child that had been placed in my arms. Your words are well said, Becky.
Christmas Blessings to all reading this.
The beautiful real story of the emotions that filled her body and the three things she became aware of….the experienced love for another, the responsibility for another and the fear…these would have been the same feelings our Blessed Mother would have experienced….I know for I too have this experienced love …
It brings it all into the Now.
The Advent prayer and reflections kept me connected to our God in the present time while I brought the past events forward so that the characters spoke to me one insight or another that positively affected my day. For me a great comfort during a joyful season filled with much pain. Thank you.
I,too, appreciated the Advent prayers and meditations. They became an important part of my preparation and I hope they become a tradition! Merry Christmas!
Thank you! The Prayer for Advent became for us a source of meditation on the meaning of Advent with the theme of peace, hope and joy. The daily prayers and video’s kept us always aware of the true meaning of waiting for the great gift of the Incarnation. Your Advent prayers were very important to us. We hope they become a part of Advent for us every year.
Larry & Rose Marie Joyce