These gifts are overwhelming. How did they know to come? How did they find us? I wish I could tell my parents about the baby, but that will have to wait. It is hard to find a quiet place to nurse my son. Did you ever try making diapers out of rags? The Innkeeper brought us some food. The animals keep us warm. It will be a few weeks before I can travel or cook until I am no longer considered unclean.
In a few days Jesus will be 8 days old and is supposed to be circumcised so it is good our rabbi had to come to be counted too so he can do it. I don’t think I can watch. I know it is tradition, but I cannot stand to watch my baby go through pain.
It is good that my clothes still fit me pregnant or not because out here there would not be anyway for me to make any new ones and we do not have the money to have someone make me any.
When the angel told me I was pregnant months ago I thought I imagined it. I was never with a man so when I started getting nauseated and my back hurt I did not know what to think.
You should have been there when I told my parents. I thought my mom was going to faint. My dad looking all serious asked if Joseph knew. I said yes and he didn’t believe me at first. Then he said he needed time to think. In my culture an unmarried pregnant woman could be stoned to death. That is not what I wanted at age 14. I was so scared, but when my dad smiled and said “My daughter God has deemed you very special and this is a miracle. We will get through this together.
Joseph’s parents were not so easily convinced, but they believed their son when he told them an angel came to him and told him I was pregnant and he was to marry me.
Now here we are married, and parents in an unfamiliar place with an uncertain future.
Would you like all this attention? Would you believe your son was specially sent to save the world? Would you tell people or just keep in all inside? For me I am pondering all these things in my heart.
Meditation: Inhale; Go to Bethlehem, smells, and sounds, touch. Envision the nativity scene. Imagine you are one of the people in this scene. What are you doing? What are you thinking? What are you feeling? What are you to learn from this experience? What are you to share with others about this experience?
Discussion questions: talk about the meditation, talk about what it would be like to be a parent of Jesus.