You will…give birth. -Luke 1:31
It hit me a few weeks ago: after 28 weeks, the “home stretch” of our wait for baby girl is carrying us straight through Advent. The excitement welling up inside of me is not too far off from the childhood anticipation of Christmas morning, but better than only one night, our journey is going on for a few more weeks!
I am so excited for this baby girl to arrive and become part of our family. Feeling her kick, getting her room ready, making sure we at least can take care of her through the first day — all of these plans and to-do lists swirling around in my head.
“If I feel like this for our baby girl,” I thought, “what must Joseph and Mary have felt awaiting Jesus’ birth?”
Two thousand years later and half a world away brings a different kind of preparation to our journey, but as we begin this Advent season, we anticipate not one, but two joyful celebrations this Christmas.
Part II: coming Tuesday