Greater Than Any Other Gift

Christmas is just three days away! This is a special Christmas to me. This time last year I remember thinking how special it would be to be pregnant at Christmas time.

As the day that we celebrate our Savior's birth draws nearer, and as this little boy's movements become more distinct, I find myself wondering about Mary. It warms my heart and makes me smile every time I feel my son kick and squirm inside me. How must Mary have felt, knowing that the baby that kicked and squirmed inside her was God Himself?

I haven't been through childbirth yet, but I imagine that when I do give birth to our son, Derek and I will both be filled with joy, and overwhelmed at this gift that God has given us. When I think of how Derek and I will feel, I wonder how Mary and Joseph must have felt bringing Jesus into the world, because they knew. They knew Who He really was. As they looked at that newborn baby boy, their emotions must have been even more overwhelming, because they knew He wasn't just a gift to them - He was God's gift to all mankind.

It is special to be pregnant at Christmas time - because every time I look down at my ever-growing belly and think of my son, I also think about another girl, in another time, who must of looked down at her belly the same way and thought about her Son - God Incarnate, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

And I think about what He endured to save her, and me, and any person who puts their trust in Him. His sacrifice is the greatest Christmas present of all time. No other gift could compare.

Such a gift calls for no less than a life devoted to Him. So as my boy presses against my belly and makes me smile again, I pray for help to serve Jesus better, and I pray for my son to grow up to serve and know Him as well. Because that is what life is all about.


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Amanda said...

that must be so neat! what a special blessing.

Jessie Szmanda said...

This is so unbelievably true Callie. Love this. Have a fabulous Christmas!

Anne said...

Amen to that! Love this post :)

Natalie {Extraordinary Love} said...

that is definitely special!! enjoy this time!! : )

Rachel and John said...

I agree. Great post!

Ria Thurston said...

So, so good!! What a blessing :-) I love this post and can't wait to "relate" someday!!

Chloƫ said...

i love this! and it's so true -- being pregnant at christmastime is so delightful. it's special to share that connection.

ashley said...

I was thinking about how special it is for people pregnant at Christmas too, what a cool connection to the Christmas story! Merry Christmas Callie!

christi said...

Thank you for leaving your comment today.

I am so happy for ya'll! A little bundle inside. It has to be a joy to feel him move. I too wonder how Mary and Joseph felt -- and am so grateful for their courage and faith.

Merry Christmas to you!

Kristin said...

Amen, Amen, AMEN! So crazy to think about Mary feeling our SAVIOR kick and wiggle inside of her. I love that you are going through this wonderful time. I can't wait to experience it one day :)

Melanie said...

If I had an award for best post of the year..it would be the one you wrote today Callie!! Its something I hadn't even thought about..being pregnant this time of the year and comparing it to what Mary must have felt. What a heartwarming thought to know that she was experiencing much of the same things all of us pregnant ladies are this time of the year. I'm so glad to be pregnant this Christmas too..and have been thinking what a gift from God it truely is..to have life growing inside of me. It has definately made for a most memorable Christmas I've ever had..and next year will be the same for all of us 'first time' mommies with our first Christmas's with our little ones!! Merry Christmas to you and your family Callie!!

Anne said...

Beautiful post. I'm glad you are treasuring each step on your pregnancy. God bless & Merry Christmas!

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