Mid June 2013 I sat in the living room of my small apartment, my sleeping newborn was laying next to me as tears streamed down my face. My Bible was open to the book of Luke. I was reading the Christmas story. As a new mother, I knew things were going to change but I had no idea my views of the Bible would change too.
I was staring at my beautiful baby boy, he was sleeping so peacefully, I began to pray for him, his future, wondering where he would go, what he would do. I began thinking. Did Mary hold Jesus and wonder? Could she had possibly known what was to come? And then it hit me, I had always read and knew the importance of the birth of Christ, but for the first time I had a connection with Mary, a motherly connection. I had never felt so connected to a story like that before.
As I watch my sweet Baby Rhett smile in his sleep, I couldn’t imagine him in pain, I couldn’t imagine him even as an adult, I could only see him as my baby. My baby. As I had read the stories of Jesus throughout life, I always saw Jesus as a wise adult. Even reading about Him as a child in the temple. He was so smart and adult like. Suddenly I saw the whole story with a new perspective, He was the King of Kings Lord of Lords, yet he was still Mary’s baby.
Can you imagine how proud Mary was when Jesus turn the water into wine? Did she know He could that? She suggested to Him that the party was running out of wine, she must have had an idea. What things happen at home that were not recorded in the Bible? Can you imagine what it must have been like to watch Him walk for the first time, or even hear Him speak His first words?!
I prayed for my son and began praying beyond just his baby age, I began praying for him as a toddler, child, teenager, adult, as a husband, a father, a friend. The prayers just grew and grew.
Christmas has become such a special and emotional time for me as a mother. As I look at my two beautiful baby boys, I think about Mary. Man oh man if I could have been in a mommy support group with her, oh the wisdom I could have learned.
The holidays are such an emotional time, it’s hard to loose a family member this time of the year, or spend the first Christmas without a loved one. As you become overwhelmed with Christmas crowds, take breath and remember, Jesus is the reason for the season. And no gift can replace your presence! Instead of paying for rush shipping for that gift to grandma, just go visit her, tell her thank you. Because of Jesus gave His life, we all have the greatest gift, we just need to receive it. Could Mary had possibly known all this? There’s no text saying she did, she just did as all Christians should do, she had great faith. Even at Calvary, Mary had great faith.
So as you get ready foR December 25th, remember the ones that have broken hearts. Remember the new mamas, remember the ones that can’t visit. Speak kindness and love on your babies.
Have a Merry Christmas y’all! From all of us @ Corinth Flowers!!!!
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