Is it just me or is social media exploding with announcements of newborn babies’ arrival?! Oh wait—or maybe it’s partly because of me and all my family members. I just became an aunt for the first time! As I sang Christmas carols in church the morning after baby girl was born, I thought about how anxious and excited we had all been waiting for her to greet the world and how much that mirrored the arrival of Christ. In the months after Tara surprised us all at dinner with a special card for my kids “from their baby cousin,” we all waited and wondered what this new baby would be like. We all got giddy as the days of pregnancy crept to an end (homegirl was nine days past her due date, so those days really crawled for her!). We were all on pins and needles, making plans in our ordinary lives but always with the caveat of “as long as Tara doesn’t have her baby that day or anything.” We texted and called and drove them crazy I’m sure. And when my sister in-law didn’t reply in a timely manner we checked in with James. Poor them.
How much more was Christ anticipated? Generation upon generation waited and believed, how much more was their sigh of relief and exuberance that the appointed day had finally come to be? I can only imagine that some had their doubts that the Messiah would ever come. After building faith to cross over the valleys of doubt, how much more satisfying to finally say, “I knew, I knew He would come just like God promised!”
I can’t imagine a group of people more excited about my niece’s arrival. But I know that this must only be a fraction of the joy that the whole earth proclaimed when Jesus was born. I feel especially invited in to join in that excitement this year. In light of baby girl’s birth day, I feel connected in a new way this year to the electric, supernatural, world-changing, history-altering birth of Christ.
Thanks for being a Christmas-week-baby sweet girl, it may suck when people count one present for two separate occasions…but you gave us all a special gift this year and I pray that one day your birthday will point you to Christ in the same way.