Imagine the emotions the shepherds felt when angels told them the Messiah was coming. Imagine the balance of burden and joy Mary carried in her womb. What did Joseph experience as he covered miles of ground to find a proper birthing place for his wife? The prophecy of the Messiah's birth making history.
The expectation of a Savior born to save us from the sins of the world.
How would our society react to this news today? Would we even blink an eye hearing the news of a woman being pregnant out of wedlock? Would we as believers, feel the pressure and intensity of the expectation of Jesus being born like those 2000 years ago?
My prayer this Christmas season, is that those in struggling marriages wait with the expectation Mary and Joseph had awaiting the birth of their Son, the Messiah. That those with crushed spirits, betrayed minds and broken relationships wait with such excitement for the day Jesus heals and restores the relationship to completion.
As we wait with anticipation to celebrate Baby Jesus, let us also wait with joyful anticipation for the possibility of a reconciled marriage. And much like a pregnancy, nothing happens overnight. This process takes time. Along with joyful anticipation, let us also wait patiently.
"This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
About the Author
Stephanie is a stay-at-home mommy to four little blessings. Married for 16 years, Tim and Stephanie find new ways to enjoy intimate time together while raising the young family.