Wednesday, November 12, 2008

what I'm reading

Mary’s task was the bearing and raising of a child, which can operate as a symbol of all things that require great effort and bear fruit far beyond the personal rewards involved. But the literal bearing and raising of a child is indeed a calling, a mission, and moments of joyous surprise and expectation have the shadow of a cost. I think this is why the first several weeks of pregnancy typically feature an assortment of discomforts: we need reminding, and this is especially true in our self-indulgent culture, that if we foolishly imagine for a minute that parenthood is an accomplishment or achievement or right, sooner or later something will smack us with the realization that it is, above all, a surrender.

from the book Great With Child,
Debra Rienstra

6 comments:

calaismarie said...

wow, alli. that's beautiful

calaismarie said...
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Linds said...

I love this Alli, thanks for sharing...so true.

Dave Zeman said...

How true... next year our only son goes off to college... boy time flew by.

Kris Hoskinson said...

wow i think i'd like to read this book!

Mike + Stacey Duncan said...

hey alli, i have a question. is your new christmas ep going to be available on itunes (or any other digital download)? or do i have to actually preorder the cd to get the songs? thanks!
stacey