The final figure for the Jesse Tree's family of Jesus is Mary, His mother. Like so many people of Jesus' family, Mary is a remarkable person, and exemplary.While she did fuss a bit over her Child not staying close in a crowd, and taking His time with helping at a wedding, and having to get through masses of people to see Him, none of this was sin per se; she was just doing what mothers do. More importantly, she was humble and accepting of God's will. She did not dispute or question in unbelief when extraordinary things were brought to her. She did not ask for special treatment when she knew she had been given special favor. She rode the donkey and made the journey and gave birth in the less-than-ideal place where she found herself. She accepted her Son as her Savior and carried the mother's pain of his life and death. She did not honor herself, but we honor her for her example to us, as the "handmaid of the LORD."
Verses for today:
Isaiah 7: 4
Matthew 1: 18 - 23
Luke 1: 26 -39, 46 - 56; 2: 5 - 7; 19, 33 - 35, 48, 51
John 2: 1 - 5
Behind one window was this picture of the Wise Men already on their journey to seek the King. No hesitation for them - first things first.
The storybook for today was this:
The Advent preparation time is finished today, the Day is at hand, and Festivities begin tomorrow. The travelers are returned. The service is written. The feasts await.
|At the front door.|
|Front door garland|
|Christmas tree in the morning sun|
|A lovely hand-made card for us, arrived today. Thank you, Michelle and Tony!|
|What we all need - and can have -|
|Stocking Garland in the kitchen|
|Dining room wreath, from over two decades ago - it has traveled far.|
|A business gift - the two-legged mice have been nibbling on the goodies|
|Another business gift, made with a liqueur creme and caramel and a meringue-y layer and pastry and almonds and deliciousness|
Greetings to all and thanks for sharing the road to this day.