Sunday, 18 December 2016
Wrapped in Love
"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and
wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger"
We know this verse so well as part of the Nativity narrative, but have you ever given a thought as to what "swaddling clothes" (or 'swaddling bands') actually are?
A quick search of the internet shows that 'swaddling a child' is an ancient and modern practise. When my first born child was born in 1971 the midwife wrapped her tightly in a blanket immediately after birth..."to mimic the close space of the womb". That we understand...but what about the bands themselves?
In Mary's day a Jewish woman prepared for the birth of her child by making a set of swaddling bands. Strips of fine wool, lovingly embroidered, ready to receive the precious gift.
Do you remember the security blankets your children and grandchildren carried around with them and wrapped themselves in at bed time.
How many of us curl up under a favourite blanket when in need of comfort.
And how good it is to snuggle under a blanket (or duvet!) on a chilly night
Luke thought that swaddling clothes were important enough to include in his Nativity narrative.
God's gift of His son Jesus to grow and live on earth, and finally to die for us on the cross was God's way of wrapping His arms around us and saying..
"I love you"
Wrap yourself in a blanket today