Wonder: Hormones and Ham, Misunderstanding and the Messiness of Christmas

I first met Laura Crosby in the blogosphere, and now have the honor of being part of the same church community. She is witty and wise, and I am glad to have her words today!

One of us in our family had a meltdown Friday night.  It might have included an ugly cry and talk about budgets, Christmas cards, ham, and insensitive comments.

My husband and I both worked really hard to understand each other, but OK, honestly John worked at it a lot harder than I did because, well, not to be sexist, but I'm a girl.  And he feels really bad when I cry.

On this night our discussion was kind of like a Christmas movie marathon that seems to go on forever and eventually the stories seem to start blurring together and you get really tired.  But John persisted and kept asking questions and listening until he finally said something and I grabbed him and yelled with great joy, "YOU SAID IT RIGHT THAT TIME!"

I felt like he finally got it.  He understood.  And he felt like he had vanquished the Abominable Snow Monster, guided Santa's sleigh through the blizzard, and saved Christmas in that moment.  He was my hero again.

It made me think of what Joseph must have gone through with Mary.  I mean really.  Jesus was fully human AND fully God, but Mary was just human!  She was hormonal, and still in her teens, and unmarried and poor.  And an angel had beamed down to have a chat with and her fiance.

Think of the conversations Mary and Joseph must have had as they navigated this crazy journey of morning sickness, and gossipy friends, and a long "road" trip without McDonald's bathrooms!  There must have been tears and confusion.  Trying to understand what each other was feeling.  Trying to support each other.

Guy or girl.  Married or not.  Doesn't matter.  We long to be heard.  To be understood.  To have someone truly experience our mess with us.

Enter Jesus.  Emmanuel.  God with us in our mess.

How mind-blowing it is to think that there's nothing in my life God can't relate to.  Nothing He can't understand.  Even my ugly cries.

Because He's God.  And He left heaven to enter into the mess of our humanity.

Mary.  Joseph.  You.  I believe God enters in, and like a parent with a distraught child, He holds us close and whispers, "I know.  I know.  I really understand.  It'll be alright."

Where in your life do you long for a sense of God's presence and understanding?

"We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help."  Hebrews 4:14-16 MSG

 


 

About Today's Guest Blogger: Laura Crosby

I'm Laura Crosby, a follower of Jesus who gets it wrong a lot.  I'm trying to pay attention to the work of God in, through, and around me, but it's definitely a sloooooow process! I love creating all kinds of things, including a welcoming place in our home where there’s good food and lively conversation. I’m a friend to twenty-somethings journeying with Jesus. I try to be outside or at Starbucks as much as possible.  My husband and I approach ministry as a team and have a mutual fan club with our daughters who live in D.C. I blog at awakemysoulblog.com and tweet at @lauracrosby_mn.

 

Wonder: Rediscover the Christmas Story is an Advent series designed to help us pause and reflect on how amazing the stories of Jesus' birth really are. To break through the cluttered busyness of the season and touch our hearts with the awe of what God has done. Let's make this a season of wonder and worship, marveling together at our great God.

 

Wonder: Rediscover the Christmas Story, An Introduction

How do you hope to spend your December? If you are like most of us, December will be a flurry of shopping and decorating and cooking and hosting and driving and wrapping and fighting and eating and questioning how time is passing by so quickly. So many of these things are good, but there is so much, so very much going on, that we get lost in the middle of the hustle. Our desire for peace and reflection is met with a calendar full of activity and nowhere to squeeze it in.

In the midst of this frantic season, I want to use my little corner of the Internet to give a sense of sacred space to anyone who stops by. I hope to give you a reprieve from the stress and a reminder of the Story.

The Story. The Advent Story of redemption and peace and hope and joy. The Christmas Story of prophecies fulfilled and angel visits and a baby born and shepherds who worship with glad and full hearts.

Every day, each and every day, from December 1 through December 26, Everyday Awe will post about these events in a series called  “Wonder: Rediscover the Christmas Story.”

This series will not be chronological, but will weave in and out of the Advent narratives, capturing moments and experiences from different viewpoints. I am thrilled that this series will feature not only my voice, but the voices of several other bloggers I respect and admire. I am honored to host guest posts with differing perspectives and varying cadences that I think will help break through the clutter and touch hearts with the amazement of what God has done.

Please join me in a season of wonder and worship. Let’s marvel together at our great God.

(P.S. I did an Advent Series last year as well, called “Prepare.” That one was more focused on Jesus as the fulfillment of hope and promise. If you are interested in that series as well, feel free to check it out in the archives.)