Our first washing follows birth, our last washing follows death. The loving care of others accompanies us as we arrive and leave this life. Remembering this helps me to breathe more deeply.
Help me to attentively appreciate those who are with me, I pray.
As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in cloths. Ezekiel 16:4 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
As you gaze at this midwife’s face, what are you feeling? Thinking? Wondering? Remembering? What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Mary’s first bath found in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) in the south choir aisle at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
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