“Red Cups” marking the upcoming Christmas Season and the soon arrival of our sweet baby boy
a. (usu. cap.) the coming of Christ into the world.
The 2014 Advent Season officially begins Sunday, November 30 and concludes on Wednesday, December 24. Yet this year, I’m living in a season of extended Advent as I await the arrival of another precious baby boy.
Each day my Braxton Hicks contractions are growing stronger and the air is growing cooler. I waddle a little more and by now I’ve fully given up on wearing any shoes/boots with laces, buckles or zippers. I wonder how Mary must of felt as she made the long journey to Bethlehem, over nine months pregnant, with no comfy pillows to rest on at night, no TUMS for her heartburn, no sitz baths for achy hips and no room for her at the Inn. I wonder if she approached her impending labour and delivery with fear or peace? I would assume there was a mix of both emotions, and certain trepidation when she arrived at the stable with animals but no midwives and only her faithful fiance in attendance to catch the baby- the living Christ.
I think of all the people who waited for generations for Baby Jesus to arrive; Simeon, Anna (Luke 2:21-40) and countless others who longed, prayed over and waited-day and night- to gaze upon the face of the promised Messiah. Sometimes the last 38 weeks have felt like a thousand years and the anticipation for our little one’s arrival becomes greater with each passing day. But it is in these quiet moments of waiting that my heart feels tender and I reflect on how Mary must of felt. As we each wait on the arrival of our baby boy and wonder who he will be, what will his character be like and how we can be the best mother for his needs.
The early winds of winter rustle the leaves from the trees and time stands still, as if all the world is joining in anticipation and my body begins yet another miraculous transformation as it prepares for the onset of labour and delivery. I know that God will guide me through this journey, as He has led the countless mothers who have gone before, each bringing new life into the world.