Friday, May 2, 2008

Behold Your Mother, a book to find peace

Last night after finishing my assignment for the final week of my Notre Dame theology course, New Testament, I relaxed to a book called, "Behold Your Mother" by Heidi Hess Saxton. As I began to read it, the words and proses began to resin near music in my heart and a calming took over my mind. The words of Heidi brought smiles too as she gracefully brought our Holy Mother to life in the everyday moments of being mother to the Son of God. From birthing Him amongst "dirty animals and a pacing husband" to a quiet early morning nursing session. Along the way the quiet of her writing turned pages into love and care from the author to the reader. I haven't finished reading it, for some reason, I dread finishing it too soon as sadness will rush in and my desire for more would be immense.

So far, my favorite page is called "Bride of Heaven" and her poem goes like this:

"I'm home! What's for dinner?" Joseph called,
Tracking sawdust across the clean-swept floor.
She smiled as the old carpenter bussed her cheek,
and rubbed the knots from her shoulders.
"Lamb stew. But first come and play.
Your Son said 'Abba' today."
His eyes lit up. He was so blessed. Jesus gurgled with glee,
as his mother's eyes sparkled.

Bride of Heaven: Most of your days were filled with such ordinary moments as you cared for your small family. Pray that we might please our heavenly Father in the ordinary moments of our days. Amen.

Thank you, Heidi, for writing this small wonderful morsel of love and encouragement for all. Your book has done more for me today than anything that I can think of. The gift of peace and patience.

If you are interested in obtaining a book for yourself, please check out the link above for more details.


Allison said...

Thanks for the recommendation.

Along those lines, I wanted to invite you to join me in honoring Mary this month on our blogs. I'm going to try to post something about Mary all month whether it be images, quotes, books like you....

Heidi Hess Saxton said...

Ebeth: Your review touched me deeply ... Thank you for the encouragement!

For those who would like to read more about Mary, I also have a blog devoted to her that you might enjoy. Come and visit ... you, too, +jmj+!

Blessings-- Heidi

Cheryl said...

This is a wonderful book filled with many devotionals Catholics and non-Catholics alike can use to get closer to Mary and her son, Jesus.