I’m amazed that this week we will be celebrating Christmas. This season has been so special for me as I’ve been sharing the story of Christmas with my two little ones through our Advent activities. It has been so fun to experience the Christmas season through the eyes of my kids.
The magic, the wonder, the excitement, the joy… it’s all been so special and I look forward to many more years of Christmas season celebrations.
Another thing that has made this season so special to me is being pregnant. And I don’t mean just somewhat pregnant, I mean that I’m due any day now pregnant!
In a way, I feel a strong kinship to Mary, the mother of our Savior. I can’t imagine riding into town on a donkey in the midst of contractions, and all the other discomforts that she felt when she gave birth to Jesus.
My hormones have been raging this Christmas season, mostly due to pregnancy but also do to the fact that this will be the first Christmas season that my dad won’t be with us.
So many beautiful Christmas carols have brought tears to my eyes this year as I reflect, grieve and look forward with eager anticipation of our growing family.
Since it’s Christmas week I’m going to simplify my load, as well as your reading load, and won’t be posting anything again until next Monday as I focus on ending the year well.
I hope you have a warm and loving Merry Christmas with your loved ones. I grieve with those of you who are suffering from a loss this year, and I rejoice with those who are welcoming new life. It definitely is a bitter-sweet time of year but I choose to focus my heart and my eyes on the greatest hope of all… the wonderful birth.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite contemporary Christmas songs by Jill Phillips and Andrew Peterson that, this year especially, always moves me to tears and to a deeper understanding of just what that starry night was like for Mary and Joseph in that deserted stable all those years ago.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[b]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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