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Comfort and Joy

“I close my eyes as my daughter leans in to concentrate on making the stroke of eyeliner she is applying to my lid straight and clean. I feel the warm puff of her breath on my cheek each time she exhales. This beautiful, suspended moment is enough. I am so very, very happy.”

After listening to the shepherds tell of their experience with the angels in the fields, it is said in Luke 2: 19: that “Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often.” I love this passage because of its wonderfully genuine and personal portrayal of Mary as a young, heretofore ordinary woman, living an extraordinary experience. There is such an intimate truth in this passage about the overwhelming quality of grace. It can be too much to take in when it is happening, a heart overflowing.

I have been given brief glimpses into the miracle of my own ordinary life. It can happen in moments of great joy, or in seemingly mundane moments like the one I described above with my daughter. Sometimes they happen in a still, quiet experience in nature when I am suddenly struck by the overwhelming beauty that is this delicate, fragile planet. Or it can come without warning in moments of deep despair when a small ray of hope glimmers in the distance, like love looking for me, lantern waiving on the dark horizon.

Whatever it may be that moves me so deeply, after these miraculous moments pass, I still have to get up and go to work, do the laundry, make the lunches or take out the trash. I know I am not alone here.  These luminous insights into the great mystery are all around us, and you and I feel them most often when we are truly present in the moment. We do not have to be like Mary, or a Christian to fully understand this passage in Luke 2:19. Many of us have experienced miraculous moments, and know what it means to quietly treasure them away in our hearts, taking them out from time to time, like a smooth, worn touchstone from our pocket. A practice that brings me great comfort and joy. I imagine it does you, too.

Blessings to you in this season of miracles. May we treasure them always in our hearts and ponder them often.


There is so much divinity in the everyday.

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  1. Yes, extraordinary moments can indeed be too overwhelming to take in at once. But once they fully seep into our DNA, they are ours forevermore.

    Great picture of your daughter, Lori. The resemblance is uncanny!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    December 25, 2010
    • So true Phil, on all counts! I, of course I am flattered by the compliment of looking like my daughter. I’m not sure how she’d feel about that though! 😉

      December 26, 2010
  2. Amy #

    Lori, perfect timing for me to read this as I venture into a week where I spend more time with the kids. Staying in the moment, even in the midst of chaos, is so rewarding . Thank you for giving me the opportunity to breath and reflect on your simple, yet powerful, message.

    December 26, 2010
  3. Amy,
    I’m so glad this post spoke to you. Thank you for sharing your insights. I loved your words about staying in the moment in the midst of chaos being so rewarding. That is so very difficult, and so very true!
    Lori Anne

    December 27, 2010
  4. Reblogged this on mammaste ~ divinity in the everyday.

    December 24, 2012

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