Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mary Letters - Day 12

Do not fret because of the wicked;
   do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
   and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
   so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
   trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light,and the justice of your cause like the noonday.

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;   do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
   over those who carry out evil devices.

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off,
   but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;   though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight in abundant prosperity.

The wicked plot against the righteous, and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
   for he sees that their day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy,  to kill those who walk uprightly; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Better is a little that the righteous person has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide for ever. Psalm 37:1-18

Dear Aunt Elizabeth,

These days of absolute have been very good and very enlightening. Mistress Sarah has been feeding me so well! I didn't expect this at all. The other thing I didn't expect was Joseph.  Around my parents, he has been very shy and reticent, almost to the point of annoying. He kept to himself and was silent even when I tried to get his attention or to make him laugh. I thought maybe he didn't really love me and was just keeping the peace.

Since we have been here, he has sat by my bedside and read me some of King David's Psalms. He has even sung some of them that he remembers from Temple. His voice is good and strong and it has brought tears to my eyes over and over again. His sweetness shines through now and his tenderness has moved my heart in ways that I did not expect. He has been so brave and I have failed to notice. I feel like such a fool sometimes, misreading quiet for distance when it was ultimately strength and faithfulness. We are both so young and have had to grow up so fast. 

As I am trying to rest, it seems as this child wants to wrestle inside of me. He is active and strong and when Joseph rests his hand on my belly (something he would not do in front of Momma!) the baby leaps with joy. It feels as if love is made real as they touch one another. I am also aware of how much I need to learn about the hearts of men. They are not like a woman's heart in some ways. I am so grateful for his strength.

Much love, Auntie



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