Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
(some of our holiday babies)

I hope that you are having a nice relaxing day.
Enjoying your family and spending time with those whom are important to you ~

My family celebrated Christmas on Sunday - so I have been able to relax today and just enjoy myself.
Erika made breakfast for us - while I made an apple coffee cake.
Dear hubby had to work - traded the day so that a younger employee with less seniority could stay home with his family.  We are used to working the holiday - not a big deal really.
Jon stopped by so that I could help him set up his new laptop.
Then the kids headed off to see their dad's family so I am home in a nice quiet house - I have candles lit and Christmas music playing.  It is actually quite nice.
As soon as I finish this post I plan on finishing a book - then I may start another.

I've also been able to ponder why we celebrate Christmas.
So often we get caught up in the shopping and parties and forget that Jesus was ever even born.
We never stop to consider why we celebrate in the first place.
This year has been especially tough for so many - with the recent shootings in Connecticut, two of my comfort care patients delivering this past week, and the passing of Dr T...it just hasn't seemed like we should be partying.
Yet, family and friends are so important and we need to go on living.  We need to go on loving each other and celebrating the real reason for Christmas and that would be the birth of Christ...

Matthew 1
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dreamand said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Have you ever wondered what it must have been like for Mary?  All of those years ago when she was pregnant with the little Christ child?
How scared she must have been...she was only a teenager and not married.
No where to stay  - alone with just Joseph.
Being a labor and delivery nurse I often wonder what her birth was like...did she labor long?  Did she have to push for ever? Did the baby cry right away? How bad was her pain?  Maybe only crazy L&D nurses like myself ever think of these things...

I sure would have loved to be Mary's birth attendant!
What a birth that must have been....

Blessings to you and yours!

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