Mary heavy with child and the strain of labour.
Feeling it in every fibre of her being.
Preparing herself to birth our Saviour.
Carrying a weight of wonder in mind and body.
Caught up in a purpose beyond herself, stretching into the reaches of heaven and eternity.
Pregnant with possibility. Potential. Plans beyond her knowing.
Given tiny glimpses into this infant’s future.
Quietly relying on God’s light revealing The Way.
Aware of her frail humanity. A woman’s body tearing with the heat of it.
Labouring in a fallen world’s curse of pain, of blood, sweat and tears.
Her body writhing as each spasm shoots flames of fire. Every sense heightened, more alive than ever before.
This baby, born to live unlike any other, being birthed in hardship and distress, struggle and duress much as any other.
No fancy room. No royal crib fit for this King of kings. Only a humble manger to lay Him in.
Just a bare stable. Hay to catch the blood and mucus. Snuffle and odour of animals close by.
Here she labours on in the messy marvel of impending motherhood.
Awed by the dawning realisation of responsibility.
Deeply humbled. Deeply grateful to be part of God’s unfolding plans.
Leaning heavy on her husband, tightly gripping his reassuringly strong carpenter’s fingers.
Gasping for breath as Holy Spirit breaths life for the Christ-child to come.
The pain and strain would soon be over.
This child was due. He would come soon.
No more pointing fingers. No more accusations for Joseph to bear. No more life as they know it now.
All things would change.
Mary sighed. She was embracing the new while feeling uncertain about the future.
Who knew what might lay ahead?
What depths her soul might dip to, what heights her emotions would scale.
But one thing she knew – God brought her to this point and He would see her through.
She rested as the contractions eased, stroked her tightly swollen abdomen and smiled.
This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!
Hi Bethany. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad this post has blessed you. It's lovely to meet you and I enjoyed visiting your place as well. God bless you. 🙂
Loved this post with such a tapestry of words delving into Mary's pregnancy and the birth of Jesus. I'm also blessed by the encouragement to "be aware, be ready, be willing, be faithful." Sometimes easy to say and hard to do-but well worth the journey! Visiting from Tell His Story today.
Hi Ginger. Thank you for visiting and leaving a lovely comment! I agree with you; it can be hard to implement a lifestyle of awareness, anticipation and faith. Those are words I need to keep reminding myself of too because they are "well worth the journey" we take. God bless you. 🙂
Beautiful! Visiting from Holley's. And just an aside, I love goats….
Hi Susan. It's lovely to meet you. And it's possible, (by the power of our imagination) to add all the animals we like to the Nativity tableau because God created each one. So have your goats by all means! 🙂
As always, so beautiful, Joy! It amazes me to think of what lengths of humility and degradation Jesus went for us. Amazing love! Thank you for this comfort today. "Awakening to purpose…" Something I long to do. And "trusting God to an unknown future." Christmas blessings to you!
Such amazing love indeed! Thank you, Trudy. May you sense a holy purpose about your days as you see moments of mercy and grace in the mundane. Blessings of joy and peace to you, my friend. 🙂 x
Breath-taking and encouraging! Thank you!
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! God bless you. 🙂