But tomorrow we exit our home and our city and fly to the Northern hemisphere to family - I can't wait.
My musings have been on Christmas and on Mary: the extraordinary news from the angel. Mary is a very 'out of the ordinary' woman, and was twice blessed...an Image Bearer by birth, and then a Bearer of that Image as she carried Jesus for those nine months. Holding God in her belly, in the dark, attached to her placenta, getting life giving nourishment, only because she said 'YES'. I've been imagining myself in the stable...watching her labour, for hours I've wiped her forehead, coached her through, helped her pant and push and then received Jesus into my arms. Exhausting, messy, noisy hours of labour. What a way to introduce The Holy One into our world - He's come here needing a mother to birth him, and a father to teach him. In what ways were Mary and Joseph trained to be parents - to be parents of this Holy Child? What a risk the Trinity took choosing a couple to birth and raise Their Beloved Son. My thanks are with Mary and with Joseph, who agreed to this inexplicable, crazy plan.
I don't know if you get it! I certainly don't - but my gratitude abounds.