The baby is washed
The days are counting down to St Giles Christmas Fayre, this coming Saturday and for the very first time the Flower Ladies are having a Festival over in the Church on the same day. Which means double the amount of work with Friday as busy as Saturday. Perhaps I should explain that the Church Hall, where the Fayre happens is separated from the Church by a very busy road.
I am not a flower arranger by any manner of means ~ so non-plussed, totally when told,
“We decided you are doing the baptistery!”
My first reaction was… I can’t do that.
Putting two flowers in a glass jar would be my limit. So I decided to take an easy way out and turn the Baptistery into a stable, using the font as a manager. Linda sent text this afternoon to tell me her husband has left me a bale of straw in the baptistery, Olwyn says going to leave me sacking, other ladies are loaning shawls for the baby; the baby is 61 years old so Iris proudly told me, “But he is a little bit dirty….”
She was quite right, the Baby needed a bath, and I gave Him one this afternoon, taking the greatest of care. It has been such a long time since I washed a doll, let alone a live baby, and that I can assure you under his/her mom’s careful supervision. I have never married, always found that Jesus was enough, still do; washing the baby bought thoughts of Mary washing Jesus to mind, as I carefully washed each tiny finger and toe nail and behind His ears. Perhaps Mary had to borrow to wrap Jesus snuggly in those swaddling bands and to make the manager warm enough.
So here we go on course for the beginning of Advent, an Adven(ture).
(Chorus) Cloth for the cradle,
Cradle for the child,
The child for our every joy and sorrow;
Find him a shawl that’s woven by us all
To welcome the Lord
Of each tomorrow.
Words from John L Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b.1958)
…..And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Lord, you lived among us as a homeless stranger,
As a helpless child, carried in your mother’s arms in flight from a ruthless king,
Grown to manhood, you had no place to lay your head
And in your death your tomb was borrowed
Grant that every day, in everything I may be willing
To place all that I have, all that I am into your arms,
Bible verse: Luke 2.7 (NASB)
Prayer: My own