I'm tired and it's only December 17th! So, I pause for a bit and consider how tired Mary and Joseph must have been on their journey to Bethlehem, especially Mary. I remember how tiring it was to be at the end of a pregnancy. I remember how tired I was of being pregnant, and yet how fearful of the process of giving birth and then caring for a newborn. How amazing that God, the very creator and sustainer of the universe, could be the baby whom Joseph and Mary awaited on that journey so long ago.
"Since Joseph belonged to David's house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David's city, called Bethlehem, in Judea. He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant." Luke 2: 4-5
Lord, please be with all of us who are tired today. Especially be with those who are awaiting a child. Enfold them in your arms and help them to know that you understand that waiting time. You have waited for humanity to turn to you and be welcomed as daughters and sons. Thank you for your patience and love. In Jesus' name, Amen.