The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God. ~ Luke 1: 35 – 37
From yesterday, my heart has been filled with babies. This past year, I’ve truly carried my children close to my heart. For all the times work has taken me away from them, the past 12 months have returned me to them.
But yesterday, babies clung tighter to my heart a little more than usual.
As always, the realization came belatedly.
Feast of the Annunciation
Feast of the Miracle of motherhood
I have been blessed with this miracle seven times that I know of. Some of my children are here with me, my heart’s delight. Some are hidden from sight, my unseen helpers.
And one leads the way.
For a time, I struggled to have children. I know too well that everything the world says is right can instead result in disappointment after disappointment. The sun will never rise unless God grants us His love. Many women have trouble with this comforting truth – that God determines each dawn of life, the journeys each of our children take to come to us.
But it is true. A child comes to know our love only in God’s time.
Today, on this day sacred to motherhood, my prayers are for a dear colleague aching to have a baby after the sorrow of miscarriage. If it be the will of my Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady, may my friend know the miracle of motherhood again. May she be one with the others I place in the Divine Hearts of Jesus and Mother Mary,
Those who sit by the window of life, waiting and waiting,
Those who returned God’s gifts because He asked.
Those who said, Not now, Lord,
Those who turned their hearts away, saying, Never.
Those who loved and who had no choice but to release their loves to others.
Today, I consecrate each heart, of woman and baby, to the Mother Heart that knows the seasons of motherhood only too well.
May today be the Day of Miracles.