Liz Lemon Swindle
This artist captures so much of what mothers feel toward little newcomers.
"And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart," Luke 2:17-19.
In no way can I imagine Mary's ponderings as the mother of the Messiah. I can imagine the joy she felt over her little baby. Welcoming a new one into the maternal circle takes time, reflection, and an open heart. Even though a mother carries the child for nine months, she doesn't yet know him. They are almost strangers. Yet, the mother feels an iron bond with the little newcomer. When we tell the story and celebrate Christmas, we really celebrate Jesus' life, character, example, and sacrifices for us.