“Listen to me, family of Jacob, everyone that’s left of the family of Israel. I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, and I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray…” Isaiah 46:3-4
My neighbor had a fussy baby, and she carried him on her chest in what I called a “mapoose,” a frontal version of the Native American papoose worn on the back of the mother. Marilee would cook, clean house, shop, and even iron with this child tucked close to her heart. I never did this with my children. As a bit clumsy, I no doubt would have scalded the child or burned him or her with an iron.
Since then, I’ve seen many different ways of carrying an infant; most frequently a cotton baby wrap, which is soft and stretches to make a sling to carry the baby on the chest. How comforting for the infant to feel the warmth of his mother (or father) and hear a heartbeat which he or she had known in the mother’s womb.
I picture myself being carried from infancy to adulthood in a sling on my Father’s chest. He promised the people of Israel he’d carry them on his back until they were old and gray. I trust he will do the same for you and me.
Thank you, Father, for carrying us throughout our lives. Amen.