"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Being a mom has been one of the best things! She is such a good baby, and I have absolutely loved watching her learn and grow the last three plus months. (Also, how has it been that long already?!)
As Christmas Day approaches, I am constantly thinking about the day we celebrate as Christ's birthday. But this year, I have a whole new perspective of the very familiar story.
I’m not saying Mary and I are the same. But I do feel like I can relate to her better now. As a mom.
I have carried my first child, just like Mary.
I have looked into her eyes and never loved this quickly. Just as I imagine Mary did.
She is completely dependent on me, just as Jesus was to Mary.
I’ll teach my daughter how to walk and talk, just like Mary taught Jesus.
I have sat there holding her, wondering if I am good enough to be her mother. I am certain Mary had this same thought at least once.
I have hopes and dreams for her, but know God has an even better plan. Mary believed the same.
God provided a child for me in His timing, just as He did for Mary.
They say each time you read the Bible, you learn something new. The same story can take on a whole new meaning. Or even one word can impact you in a different way. Well, once you have a little one, Christmas looks different too.
I’m holding my sleeping baby. When she wakes, I’ll nurse her. After that we’ll play and talk until it’s time for another nap. We don’t know what happened while Jesus was growing up. And to quote Mark Lowry, “God’s in the house! Isn’t someone keeping a journal?” But I can imagine how their days were spent, just like all of us parents can. Maybe they played patty-cake, maybe she sang to Him, or maybe she told Him stories. But we all know she kissed Him good night, tucked Him in, and prayed for God’s guidance, just as we all do every night.
This Christmas season, let’s truly think about how Christ came to earth. As parents, especially moms, we know how Mary must have felt.
Jesus didn’t come into this world the way a mighty king would typically make an entrance: trumpets blaring, flags waving, and people cheering.
Jesus came to earth as a child. Born a babe just like us.
He became flesh
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
We know Him and He knows us. How amazing is that truth?
This time of year can be stressful, tiring, and chaotic. I have already seen multiples posts about how this season is not as cheerful as songs make it out to be. If that is you, can I get you some encouragement?
Jesus came for you. And because of Him we have hope (1 Timothy 1:1) and peace (Ephesians 2:14). Hope for the future, a time without pain and suffering. Peace during the busy times and unknown.
I pray your Christmas is Christ centered. Filled with a joy only Jesus can provide. And a time we can reflect on the most perfect gift.
Jesus lover, wife, momma, teacher, and hopeful writer.