For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Donkey Ride

Luke 1:46-49

46And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.

A season of babies has descended upon our family this year. Max arrived in October to a busy home and welcoming siblings, Elijah will be born any day now (even as I write this I wonder if my phone will ring beckoning me to the hospital). In the cold of winter Zeke will join his big sister and my nephew and his wife will also deliver a baby boy.

With all of these little boys being born and seeing Sara, Elijah's mamma, ready to deliver just before Christmas brings to mind Mary, the mother of Jesus. Some writers say Mary traveled on a donkey for 70 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem in the last stages of her pregnancy. If you've ever been pregnant you know the last thing you'd want to do is balance precariously on a donkey, then find out that you must deliver your sweet little baby in a stinky animal habitat. Yet, Mary went with Joseph faithfully trusting God and following his plan, discomfort and all. In our Christmas songs we celebrate the birth in the manger and those gentle animals and all that wonderful hay that made a bed. But, do we ever stop to think about what Mary and Joseph sacrificed and endured to bring our Savior into the world. What an example of pure faith.

As you prepare for the Christmas season, remember the sacrifice of the one who came to set us free. Celebrate Jesus!

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