I will be taking a break from my blog during January to give birth and bond with our precious baby. I’ll be posting more current updates on Facebook, if you’d like to keep up with the latest news. In the coming months, I’ll be blogging more about my low-intervention pregnancy, gentle cesarean delivery, and postpartum experience. We appreciate your prayers for a healthy baby and smooth transition to parenthood.
As always, thank you for being part of the Restored Roots community!
A week from now, my first child will be born in a new hospital in a dense metropolitan suburb surrounded by high-tech gadgets, medical doctors, and loving relatives. Two thousand years ago, the baby Jesus was born in a well-used animal stable in an isolated country town surrounded by stinky sheep, majestic kings, and lowly shepherds.
Two births. Two entirely different stories. This year at Christmas, I’m celebrating both. What an privilege for me to be reflecting on the special gift of my Savior’s birth when I’m nine months pregnant.
I’m over twice Mary’s age and married almost five years. She was very young and a virgin.
I’m carrying a precious human boy or girl. (We’ll find out which one next week!) She carried God incarnate, the Creator of the world.
My baby will be adored. Mary’s baby was worshiped and will be forever.
My child will hopefully leave the world a better place. Mary’s child changed the entire course of history.
Our baby is born to bring life into our family. The baby in a lowly manager was born to die for the sins of the world.
Welcome to our world, my baby.
Welcome to our world, baby Jesus.
I love the Chris Rice song, Welcome To Our World. It captures the simple, yet profound truth that every human is longing to hear. There is hope for mankind because God was born into our sin-scarred world for our salvation. Immanuel, God with us. His purpose was to die and then be raised to life, demonstrating his power over sin and death. What great hope we have when we know the baby Jesus!
What’s also incredible for me to ponder is that the baby Jesus was born so that my baby could be saved too! The best my husband and I could pray for our precious little one is that he or she would come to know this perfect baby, the Son of God, the Savior of the World.
Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
Welcome Holy Child
Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sins and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world
I’m looking forward to sharing with you about our baby’s birth. But even more, I pray that you have found hope, peace, and joy in knowing the most exceptional baby ever to be born.
Take three minutes to listen and soak in the wonder of God humbling himself to become human, so that he could demonstrate his great love for you and I.
Welcome him into your heart, as we celebrate his birth this Christmas.
Have a blessed Christmas and safe and healthy New Year!