Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Labor of Love...

This is my favorite Christmas decoration we own, sorry it's not a very good shot. It's a porcelain city scape of Bethlehem, with Mary, Joseph and sweet baby Jesus in front. I've been lighting it at night in the past few weeks with a wee little tealight candle and admiring how it sparkles and pondering often the meaning behind this object that adorns our kitchen counter.

I've been thinking about Mary...a lot. I am 11 +/- weeks away from delivering our second child. I have mixed emotions if I am being honest. I am super excited...excited to know him or her...we still don't know! I am anxious a bit...haven't done a single thing for this child...on the to do list for next week. I am curious to know how the big brother will react. And nervous a bit to see how we will transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4.

And then there is Mary, sweet young, innocent Mary. I've been trying to connect myself to her as I gaze into her clay spotty face. Did she have any of the emotions that I do? Did she know that her Son would one day carry the weight of the world? Did she worry about feedings or schedules or naps? Or did...she...just...love?

I've been watching this video a few times in the past few days. It is sung by Jill Phillips, and is part of Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb experience. You should check it out, sit back, enjoy, reflect and be thankful as I am. Thank you Mary for the labor, thank you Jesus for the LOVE!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us." Matthew 1:21-23
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1 comment:

Moma said...

Whitney, Iam not sure I can watch that video again. It is so beautiful. The love Joseph has for his Mary and there is Jesus, the Savior of the world. I can't quit crying. Thank you so much for sharing this.
And thanks for sharing your very intermost thoughts and baring your soul for all to see.
You are so special. I love you,