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As we go about this busy Christmas season it is easy to lose sight of what is really important. No, it is not the presents under the tree. Nor is it about how much money one has spent on you or didn’t spend. These are all commercial ideas and thought that have been put in our heads that it must be done.
During this time of the year, I like to read the story of Jesus’s birth. But instead of just reading it I like to ponder the whole experience. I would like to share my thought process with you today (scary I know).
It’s a Baby & The Journey
Mary and Joesph were in love then all the sudden Mary becomes with a child in a miraculous way. And Joesph being a man of his word marries Mary anyway (with an angel’s help). He took a leap of faith and agreed to help raise a child that he knew was not his own what a man of character and faith.He was not certain of the outcome of this new bundle of joy but he had faith that it was going to be ok. After all, he was marrying a woman he loved dearly, was chosen to help raise GOD’s child and he was going to help protect that child at all cost.
Then there was Mary, how wonderful and virtuous she must have been to be chosen by GOD himself to help bring HIS son into the world. She did not falter she continued her walk of faith and took it as a blessing. And how could she not, after all, helping bring Christ into the world?
Has a mother of 4 children I can only imagine how hard the journey must have been for her after all she couldn’t just drive in her car to Bethelem. Nor could she call her local travel agent and arrange air travel/hotel accommodations. The whole journey to her destination was about 80 miles. When I looked further into this it was easily a 4-day trip. I myself could not stand not being near a bathroom for that long. But of course, Mary made the journey with her husband. Never once have I read that she complained or whined about any of this.
Now back to Joesph, he takes his pregnant wife on this journey. He had to walk with their donkey and from what I am understanding he was not a young man. Not to mention this whole journey he had to be mindful of his wife’s needs as well as possible bandits. I imagine he was also trying to make the journey as bearable for Mary as possible for fear that she might miscarry.
Sorry No Room For You & The Birth
Once Joesph and Mary reach their destination I imagine they are both thinking “wonderful a nice bed and a bite of something good to eat finally”. I could only imagine the disappointment that it must have been for them to find out no room was available. Had I have been Mary I would have cried on the spot. And I am almost certain being the gentleman he was Joesph was saddened that his pregnant wife was going to have to sleep in a stable with animals.Kinda of a major bummer to end such a long journey with.Once they are settled in their stable Mary then realizes oh boy here comes our bundle.
Has a mother again I would be saddened to no end to know my first born was going to be born in a stable. And yet Mary, a woman of great strength takes it in stride. As all mother’s I am sure she was in awe of his beauty. She probably didn’t notice or care about the Shepherds who came to see this miracle child she was just focused on His greatness. I know she knew he was meant for great things but did she know how great He was really going to be. I get chills just thinking about it. Maybe that is why I can’t listen to the song “Mary Did You Know” without tearing up and picturing Mary holding this most wonderful gift that mankind has ever received.
So this Christmas season takes time to remember the true reason for this celebration. Mary and Joesph weren’t focused on cool gifts they were focused on the King of Kings. It’s not about the latest IPad or a new diamond ring. We celebrate because God gave us His son. And because Mary and Joesph had faith that could move mountains. So this Christmas hug those kids a bit tighter. Try to imagine how they must have felt. The way you are celebrating this year do you think it would make them or God proud and happy?
From my family to your Merry Christmas and God Bless You All