Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advent 2016 Mary Letter Day 11

Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.” They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?” “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘ He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.” So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. Luke 22:1-13

Dear Auntie Elizabeth,

Today was like the days before Passover, a madness of preparation, cleaning and packing. Although we probably won't leave for several days, we thought it best to make sure everything was ready and packed for the journey. The plan is to take several detours to stay with family along the way, so that I am not tired or hurt on the journey. I am not made of glass but they act like it!

Sarah came today! My beautiful sister and her daughter Hannah are staying for a time until we get going and will accompany us to their home for our first nights. She brought hand me downs from Hannah for the baby, so in case I deliver on the journey I will have some things. It is so fun to have them here and it makes my confinement during the day so much easier. We seemed to spend all day around the table, cooking, eating, laughing and sewing. I forgot how wonderful it is to have her around. And Hannah! She is such a bright and curious child and she loves Joseph. He kept her busy playing games outside while we cooked and chatted away.

I am tired tonight but that sweet sleepiness of a full day of laughter and conversation. Surrounded by family makes the days go quickly, especially when it's Sarah. She has a way of making everything fun. She always tried to make me laugh when we were growing up. She thinks it's hilarious when I laugh so hard I spit out my drink. She is the best big sister a girl could ever hope for. I hope I am as good a mother as she is!

Goodnight with love,


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