“And when his parents saw him, they were astonished.” Luke 2:48a ESV
“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 ESV
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth!” Psalm 96:1 ESV
HOPE! I live for it and to give it! Every single day. Sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in the pains of others that I forget that there are amazing, cool, over-the-top things happening, too.
Like the birth of a baby! Does it get any better than that?
Last Friday night Doc and I were at Home Depot
. As we stood discussing paint colors, a young couple came up beside us. I could hardly concentrate anymore on something as boring as beige or tan or mushroom or whatever silly title the paint companies had labeled their colors. The young woman and her husband were expecting a baby! Soon! I so quickly lost interest in our task at hand it wasn’t even funny!
I’m a lot of things but one of the titles I love most is that of mother. One of my most favorite subjects these twentysomething years later is my pregnancies, labors, deliveries, nursing, first baths, taking my babies home…shall I go on, because I most certainly can! In fact, I love those early days so much that I can even tell the birth stories of my dear friends in my birth support group, Motherlore. To this day, they are some of my closest heart friends, even if we haven’t seen each other for years.
As Doc and I, of course, engaged in conversation with this cute young couple, we talked about the astounding forever life-changing event that they will experience in just days. How can you even begin to sufficiently explain this miracle to someone?! Nevertheless, we did our best and I shared tips that worked for me, as always. I wanted to hug the mommy and the daddy and her tummy that cradles their little loved one and pour out my excitement for them.
Soon after, I checked my Facebook
. Front and center were pictures of a friend of ours who has made it no secret for all these months that he and his wife were expecting the arrival of their little one. I’ve never quite seen a daddy so thrilled as he waited for this birth. They have, in fact, been so overjoyed that they even named this so-wanted baby “Bella Love”. Oh, how I remember those first minutes and days and the astonishment that I had birthed a baby! MY BABY! And then again almost three years later! I still pour over the pictures and the details that surround them.
One of my dearest darling young friends is also due with her first babe in September. I can hardly believe it as I have walked with her through her teen years, college, early career, very successful career, dating, courtship, engagement, wedding, early marriage, LIFE…I wait with great expectation the arrival of this precious baby gift, Isabella Grace and can hardly wait to hug and kiss her sugars off!
My heart can hardly contain the gratefulness of a God so good, who loves us so much, that He will bless our old earth with the newness of a beautiful baby! How our hearts need to be reminded that the life we live is not only pain but He calls us into the celebration of NEW LIFE!
Our Creator God knows that our hearts are made to rejoice! We are not built to hurt all the time. We are called to ooh and ahh over the excitement of one so fresh and young that our hearts leap within us and hope is restored in ways we cannot fathom. There is something beyond pain.
How accurate is the word “astonishment” to describe what we feel as parents when we look into the eyes of the new little one God has given us? Remember those moments? Cherish those moments!
How like Mary, we continue to treasure up and ponder those precious memories! What comfort they give us no matter what the future brings or where we live with now!
How called are we to join in with new parents as we revel in the excitement and awe of a new baby? Even the site of a soon-to-be mommy’s growing tummy is reason for our hearts to skip a beat.
If your heart is hurting, ask God to help you put down the pain for just a little while…or maybe a long while…and sing to the Lord with all the earth over this new song called a baby!
Lord, help us in our pain, even for those who suffer over the issue of birth, babies and children, to allow You to bring the healing salve of laughter and rejoicing and awe and HOPE through the beautiful gift of birth.
In Your great mercy, please hear our prayer, and give us always the Hope of not just life but life to the fullest.
Congratulations to the Garte’s
, the Rodell’s and to the Farren’s.
We celebrate with you! “Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise!” Psalm 96:11 NLT