This is starting to become my favorite photo op ~ Christmas morning with the girls in front of the tree. It is still dark out and they have that morning glow and the lights are twinkling.
It is anticipation and joy and might I say, relief? All rolled into one.
Maybe that is what Mary felt that night in the stable. We know there was anticipation. She had already spoken to an angel! Who wouldn't feel antsy after that? The joy after giving birth is indescribable. But the relief that was brought is priceless.
Because after all the decorating and baking and all the texts about gifts - who wears what and wants what. The secrets and hiding and surprises and the planning and cooking and preparing. It is a beautiful thing when it is all over and we can let go and feel the relief.
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"