The last few days have been stressful, for some reason.Â Perhaps a fifteen-month-old who is getting his molars has something to do with it.Â No doubt the return to work [sob] after two weeks away is also a contributing factor, along with the fact that my older son is about to start preschool and I, as mom, am in a bit of an emotional space about it (Next thing I know, he’ll be going off to college!, etc.).Â Â Thus far, I’m doing pretty well on my resolutions — I exercised both Saturday AND Sunday, thank you very much, and I’ve been making my writing time a priority.Â The living room, thanks to our new storage unit, no longer looks like an Extreme Sports obstacle course made of toys.Â So that is all good.Â But still — I feel restless, emotionally.
So as 2010 starts, the image of Mary that I’m thinking of is Our Lady of Peace.Â I know it’s meant to be peace on a global scale — an end to war and genocideÂ — but I think I need a little bit of serenity here, in my life, in my heart.Â Â Peace begins in the soul, right?Â And don’t let those serene blue-and-white statues fool you: Mary knew a thing or two about living with uncertainty and fear.Â Â She knew a lot about weatheringÂ big scary changes in her personal life, in her child’s life, in the life of her little family in Nazareth.
So I’m thinking about her lately.Â Â Our Lady of Peace is the image I keep returning to in my mind.Â And I like to think — I’m pretty sure I can count on this, in fact — that she’s also thinking about me.
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