Parents jump in headfirst when they don’t know how deep the water is. Parents are afraid.
Can you imagine how afraid Mary must have been before she had Jesus? She was given peace…but she must have been pretty terrified. We homogenize the whole story for the most part….make it easy for the masses to swallow, take out the roughest parts, smooth it all over…but it couldn’t have been more scary for a young mother.
We parents don’t have a clue how a child’s life is going to turn out. We run on faith and, if we’re doing our job right, hope for the best….and that’s if our child is “just” a little wild man…sometimes cranky, always sweet and loved.
If you’re parenting the future Savior of the world I imagine there’d be a lot more pressure to get everything right. God’s hand would have to be involved…the stress would drive you crazy.
We would never begin most things if we knew the end at the beginning of the story. Most of us wouldn’t have let Jesus out of the house if we understood what lay down the road.
Knowing the end of Jesus’ story makes the Christmas story the most precious story we have.
I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Christmas…and that, amidst all the presents and holiday cheer, you get the chance to remember our reason to celebrate the beginning.