God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31

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"

Luke 2:7

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

God Bless

1 comment:

  1. Oh Joy, this is such a lovely post. I didn't know about the bands but my mother showed me how to swaddle my daughter when she was born in 1989. She slept much better that way. Thank you for this. x