I sat on my couch with my swollen feet propped up on our coffee table.
“Elevate your feet as much as you can”, my doctor had said.
Leaning back, I could barely see the television screen over my big belly. My baby squirmed, jamming his feet in my ribs, in an effort to find a comfortable position to settle down.
As I sat there, barely finding room to take a breath, hoping my ribs wouldn’t crack, and hoping even more that I could somehow propel myself off of the couch later for a potty break, my thoughts drifted to another mom-to-be.
It was surreal being 8 months pregnant in December.
What I couldn’t imagine at that point, my 5-foot 4-inch frame lugging around a 9-pound baby in my belly, was Mary traveling any distance at all on a donkey.
Just the 20-minute car ride my husband and I took across town to look at the apartment we’d be moving into only 3 months later caused a round of Braxton Hicks contractions that took my breath away.
It felt very special to consider that my baby would be born only 2 weeks after Jesus’ birthday; that Mary and I shared this miraculous experience together…..only 2,000+ years apart.
Her baby was a miracle; being conceived of the Holy Spirit.
My baby was a miracle; given to me by God when no one was certain whether or not I’d ever be able to carry a baby past 6 weeks.
The kinship I felt with her was real and I treasured it deeply in my heart.
Each year I take time in December to study the characters of the Christmas story. To be sure, it is more than a story…it is more than history….it was a visitation by a holy God to mankind.
This visitation was unlike anything mankind had known….unlike even the myths and legends of tribes and people groups about their gods, goddesses and wars among the gods.
This was God Almighty extending mercy, grace and a relationship with His creation. No other god in any other religion had dared to humble himself to such depths so as to mingle with mortal man.
And each year, as I ponder each role played in the advent and birth of Jesus, I wonder if they really realized what was going on…..in their city, in their family…..in their home.
This year I’ll be joining Mandy from Worshipful Living in studying the women of Christmas.
Mandy has put together a special Christmas Bible study called The Women of Christmas.
In this study we’ll look at 4 woman in Jesus’ lineage….and their varied backgrounds.
I can’t wait to get started!!!
Mandy has discounted this study especially for Christmas. With the Woman of Christmas study you’ll receive video-based lessons, a workbook and some freebies, too!!
p.s. I hope you’ll join me. It’s more fun the more people are involved!!