So often intimacy is only associated with marriage, but it is so much more than that!
In this final stretch before Christmas, I'm sharing with you ways that I've found to have and give more intimacy this holiday season.
Join me as we look at 12 days of unexpected and new-found intimacy. And who knows, you might just find yourself Glowing Still a bit more brightly!
As a mother of 4 children, I have fond memories of Christmas. Each year has had it's special memories and they have differed from year to year.
But one memory that has happened for several years was singing Silent Night while expecting our children.
I know, I know...pregnant women are so emotional. But there's just something so special about thinking about Mary & Joseph on their way to Bethlehem, and her being heavy with child...and me being exactly in the same position (minus the lengthy journey to Bethlehem on a donkey) I remember time after Christmas time, holding my burgeoning stomach, thinking about the little life inside, and looking forward to the new memories that would be created with that child.
Would they look like me or my husband? Who's smile would they have? Will this child be rambunctious or quiet? Blond hair or brunette, blue eyes or green?
I wonder now, what did Mary think about her child coming?
She knew the prophecies that were foretold by Isaiah. She was visited by the Angel of God to let her know that she was carrying the baby. And yet, she too must have wondered. Who would he look like? What color would his eyes be? Would the Son of God "act" like a normal baby?
Now, in your mind, fast-forward to the scene that Silent Night brings. Yes, no one knows what actually happened in Mary's heart that day. Luke 2:19 simply says, that Mary pondered all.
Ponders. She sat there and she reflected.
As if she was trying to take it all in. A reviewing of that day's happenings, excitement, and attempting to make an anchor of these memories in her mind. She had just given birth and visited by the shepherds (with a quite extraordinary tale to tell!!!), and now she's holding her child. The excitement has died down, and now it's just her and her baby.
While my many delivery stories can never compare to what Mary experienced, I know a tiny glimpse of what she thought and felt that day. A deep-rooted serenity and joy. A calm river of peacefulness enveloped her heart. The Son of God was in arms, nestled so perfectly. Maybe his tiny blue eyes opened for a second and at the same time, her heart opened. She experienced that blessed moment that only motherhood can provide. A moment in time that nothing can erase.
Yes, all was calm. All was bright.
For Mary and (yes) it can be for you too this Christmas time.
So this Christmas season as you sing Silent Night, think of that special moment in time. The day that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and ponder these scriptures. Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Also in Isaiah 9:6 it says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” And may you too sleep in heavenly peace.
This post is lovingly dedicated to midwives near and far. And to my friend Erica at Laughing Moon and Yoniverse. A sweet & kind midwife who helps mothers bring their babies into the world. Thank you for always holding space with your hands and your heart!