Advent and Pregnancy

I have a new post up at Christianity Today’s women’s blog, her.meneutics. Here is a sampling:

“…we rarely remember that Advent is essentially the last month of Mary’s pregnancy—that time wherein excitement and anticipation is so great that it is separated from grief, even despair (will this baby ever come?) by a mere thread. Unlike me, unlike Kate Middleton, and, chances are, unlike you, Mary didn’t have Preggie Pops or Sea-Bands for her first trimester nausea, prenatal vitamins to stave off tooth and bone loss and the urge to chew on newspapers, or pregnancy yoga and massage to ease her aches and pains. Nor did she have the knowledge that expert care stood at the ready should anything go amiss. In giving life to Jesus, she encountered the very real specter of her own death.

For most women in history, the anticipation of a child was a mixture of joy and fear; and for a good many women in the world today, this is still the case. Mary’s faith is all the more remarkable when we consider all that she didn’t have to comfort and assure her of her safety. When we remember this, the final weeks of pregnancy—Advent—are as sober as they are expectant and joyful.”

Read the rest of the post here.

via Wikimedia and used under CC license
via Wikimedia and used under CC license; search “Maria Gravida” for images of pregnant Mary in artwork–very interesting!

The Winter Solstice

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death–upon them hath the light shined.”

Remember days like this? There as far away–and as close–as they’ve ever been.

In this darkest, coldest season, we are creeping closer to the light–

” for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn…”

happy Solstice!

Advent III: tiny linzer tarts and coconut macaroons

tiny linzer tarts and coconut macaroons

Local people: why not come to St. Agnes’ in Greenport this afternoon for a fancy tea to help support the Perry Day Care? You’ll get to have some of these…

Oh, yum. Whatever would I do without my Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook?

Wishing you a delicious third Sunday of Advent!