Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent 2016 Mary Letter Day 15

Jesus came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!” Luke 22:39-53

Dear Aunt Elizabeth,

we had a wonderful celebration last night, with food and music. It was so nice to have everyone around the table, laughing and singing. Some even got up and danced! I was so full that I got sleepy but fortunately the baby was dancing to the music and wouldn't let me take my rest. It hit me after everyone left, how hard it is to be going away. I know this is for a short time but somehow it seems like an eternity. I wish Mama (or even better you!) could come with us and yet I know she can't. I am usually brave and excited about travel but right now I feel weak and near to tears. We will accompany Hannah and Sarah to their house for a few days and then continue on our journey. At least we will be surrounded by loved ones a little longer.

I couldn't get to sleep so I want outside and sat looking at the heavens. Last night was a clear night and the moon was as round and pregnant as I am! The cool air calmed by pounding heart and my racing mind. From here on out everything will be different and I want to remember all the sights and sounds of this, the only home I've ever known. The stars were hard to see because of the moon glow, but I lay backed and prayed for guidance. I almost fell off the wall I was reclining on, so finally gave up and went inside. My prayers were answered and I was able to sleep. Dear Auntie, I will have to write to Mama and Papa, as well as you, so my letters will be less frequent. Please know that I love you no less, just have a bigger job to do in the coming days.

Love always,


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