Monday, December 14, 2015

Mary Letters - Day 16

Happy are those who consider the poor;
   the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.
The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
   they are called happy in the land.
   You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
   in their illness you heal all their infirmities.

As for me, I said, ‘O Lord, be gracious to me;
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.’
My enemies wonder in malice
   when I will die, and my name perish.
And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,
   while their hearts gather mischief;
   when they go out, they tell it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
   they imagine the worst for me.

They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,
   that I will not rise again from where I lie.
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
   who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.
But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
   and raise me up, that I may repay them.

By this I know that you are pleased with me;
   because my enemy has not triumphed over me.
But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
   and set me in your presence for ever.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.Amen and Amen. Psalm 41

Dear Auntie Elizabeth,

Last night, well really early this morning, I had a silly dream. I dreamed I gave birth and the baby was a girl! Do you believe that. I know ti was just a dream but it got me thinking about how God is using two of the most unlikely people - you and me - to bring a great light to the world. I was told by the angel that the baby would be a boy and I believe him. But it made me consider the roles we assign to men and women and how God often has a different agenda than people do. Our Lord doesn't seem to be bound by human restrictions. People get upset id anyone does something differently, even it has a heavenly purpose.

Our travels brought us to a small cabin that sits by a stream. Friends of my folks use it when they go fishing. There is a little hearth where we can cook a bit, so we will have warm food today. There is no one around as the summer is past. The cool night air makes the travel a bit easier since we do not have the hot sun pouring down on us. This baby makes me warm enough as it is.

My dream reminded me that God simply asks us to be faithful and not to lose heart when the world seems against us. I try Auntie, I really do, but there are days when my spirit flags and Joseph has to prop me up and encourage me.

Love to all


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