Mary birthed baby Jesus. Sometimes we don't think about the pain of it all. Childbirth is one of the most painful things that can happen to a body. Fortunately, the Scriptures skip right over it, and rightly so. No need to rehash the pain of it all. And Joseph didn't really escape it because he had to be right there listening and assisting during the process.
There is a lot of work that goes into Christmas. Whether we are hosting or visiting others, there is just much to do thrown in on top of a busy schedule. As I write this, I am feeling the physical pain in my back from it all. Somehow, I am sure I am not alone. There are some tired souls out there! My husband didn't miss the pain either. No telling how many side trips he has made just trying to keep us all together (Dana always has smile on his face as he charges out to conquer the next task.)
This season, let's don't let the joy end. Let's keep the good memories, toss out the bad ones with the trash, and turn the pain into joy! Let's focus on a loving God who sent His Son Jesus to show us how to live and to die so that we might have life!
Have a "Mary" Christmas!