Christmas is different for me now. It is more real for me this year. That’s not to say that years past were dull, but it’s this year that I have a stronger grasp on the reality that is the birth of Jesus. You see, any day now, Alex (my wife) and I will be holding our first born baby. I can identify with Joseph and the feelings that lead up to, and are sure to follow, the birth of a child. In “Labor of Love” Jill Phillips and Andrew Peterson imagine too what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph on the night of Jesus’ birth.
Christmas carols, paintings, plays and nativity scenes often create an image of Jesus’ birth as peaceful, serene, pretty and clean. Any day I will be an active participant in the birth of a baby and from the hundreds of books I’ve read and videos I’ve seen, I am positive it was anything but. No doctor or midwife, no anesthesia or “ice chips." And let’s not forget that it happened in a barn with the smells, noises, and animals that go along with it. It must have been a night of pain, blood, and suffering.
I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for a God who demonstrated true humanity by sending His only son to be born so humbly. That baby changed the world and changed my life forever and this song is a perfect reminder of how real the God of the universe is.