Due to some recent surgical experience, I was forced to finish most of my Christmas baking, shopping, wrapping, etc before the first of December. It is such a treat to know that things are done and all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the season. And, as hokey and cliche a term it is, the reason for the season. My most awe-filled Christmas was the Christmas I was pregnant with my firstborn. Psalm 139 took on such a new meaning for me. What a terrifying and exciting thing it must have been for Mary, to carry the Christ child! I am sure that she, like the rest of the Jewish community at the time, thought He would come and conquer the world in a blaze of glory. And yet she carried that wee one in her body just like any other baby. Now we know the full story and know what awaited her. Would she have still been so eager and ready, had she known? Would any of us give up our children to spare ourselves pain? Hmmm… I am glad the Lord gives us just enough grace for the moment.