Thursday, December 24, 2009

December 24: It's A Wrap


Good Christmas Eve to you friends.

Well, I made it, twenty four days of posting and I didn't miss a post. I hope you have enjoyed twenty four days of over indulgent photos of my Little, 'cause let's be honest does anyone really read the words?

Christmas has officially started for us, we had Christmas morning at our house this morning with the pets and now we are snug as some bugs in a rug at Babs and G-Dads.


I'll leave you with these words I wrote last year. Having a baby was fresh on my mind and it really made me think about what Mary went through birthing baby Jesus.


I've been struck with awe these last few days thinking about the birth of Christ and comparing it to what I now know about birth. As the mister and I watched "the Nativity" the other night my thoughts have turned to Mary and I wonder how she did it.
How did she bare the pain, feel the warmth, fall in love, and keep it all together?
How did she grab the babe in those first moments, when you are still in shock that your body has produced something that is moving and screaming at you, and not fall apart knowing that the miracle on her chest was the King she had been looking for?
How did she feel as she swaddled her son and yet realized He was not her own?
When I look at my own I think things like, how do I let go, how do I keep her from harm, and how do I save her from ever having a broken heart?
But her own, sweet Mary, she new He would have to leave, she could not protect Him from the pain He faced, and He was broken already for His people...yet there he was, baby God in her arms, fast asleep while she stared at him.(if her first night was anything like mine).
I stared most of that first night with my own, amazed, afraid, and in love. I can only imagine that she felt the same except multiplied a hundred times b/c she was holding Jesus.
So this Christmas Eve, where ever you find yourself, whether it be happy to be with the ones your heart holds dear, or excited about what the morning will bring, or staring at a face you love, I pray you will feel the awe that is the true magic of this night, the Sacrifice came into this world and Love became the Hero of our stories and He became our very own.
Sleep in heavenly peace friends.
Good night.
I've been struck with awe these last few days thinking about the birth of Christ and comparing it to what I now know about birth. As the mister and I watched "the Nativity" the other night my thoughts have turned to Mary and I wonder how she did it.
How did she bare the pain, feel the warmth, fall in love, and keep it all together?
How did she grab the babe in those first moments, when you are still in shock that your body has produced something that is moving and screaming at you, and not fall apart knowing that the miracle on her chest was the King she had been looking for?
How did she feel as she swaddled her son and yet realized He was not her own?
When I look at my own I think things like, how do I let go, how do I keep her from harm, and how do I save her from ever having a broken heart?
But her own, sweet Mary, she new He would have to leave, she could not protect Him from the pain He faced, and He was broken already for His people...yet there he was, baby God in her arms, fast asleep while she stared at him.(if her first night was anything like mine).
I stared most of that first night with my own, amazed, afraid, and in love. I can only imagine that she felt the same except multiplied a hundred times b/c she was holding Jesus.
So this Christmas Eve, where ever you find yourself, whether it be happy to be with the ones your heart holds dear, or excited about what the morning will bring, or staring at a face you love, I pray you will feel the awe that is the true magic of this night, the Sacrifice came into this world and Love became the Hero of our stories and He became our very own.

Sleep in heavenly peace friends...thanks for reading!

3 comments:

Sandra said...

Congratulations on completing your Advent of blogs - I shall miss the daily update.
Libby is giving her a new doll a really big cuddle and I would love to be able to do the same to her this Christmas.
Happy Christmas to you all.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done. I have loved all your posts but this one was great!

Merry Christmas and please say hello to your parents for us.
Love, The McElhenys

P.S. Everyone that had seen your Christmas card had oohed and aahed over it... I told you it was the best!

The Herrenbrucks said...

I loved this! Those words you wrote were so true. I too have been reflecting a lot on Mary these last few days. I love how she loves her new doll! By the way, Hope's favorite thing today to play with was her rocking chair - even though it wasn't a Christmas present today - she climbed in and out in and out of it allllll day long and read her books! She LOVES it!