Wednesday, January 11, 2006

This Woman's Work

I wonder how many of us thought that when we signed up for this thing called "motherhood" that we would literally love so much that it physically hurt, that our hearts would feel so heavy in our chests and we would feel an immeasurable amount of joy.

It was only this Christmas that I started to think about and feel the pain that Mary must have felt when her baby was put on that cross. This tiny baby she held in her arms would grow up to die and she knew that from the beginning. I wonder if with each birthday she celebrated his life but also mourned that she would lose her son.

I bought this stupid Christmas CD for the girls to listen in the car with Rudolph and other really bad renditions of the typical secular songs, but the last song on the CD was put there just for me..."What child is this?" Have you ever really read the words of this song:

1. What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

2. Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

3. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

For some reason, this year the song really affected me to think about Jesus as a baby and Mary, his too young mother, and what emotions she must have felt at His birth. I'm glad that God chose her because I would not have been able to do what she did.

1 comment:

Beth said...

I know excattly how you feel because the song below touches my heart,makes me stop and think of how Mary must of felt..the love she had for her son, and the sacrafice she gave. It gives me chills everytime I hear it.

Mary Did You Know

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I Am.