Born to Die

One thing I LOVE about Pandora and Slacker is the opportunity to be exposed to new songs and new artists I may have otherwise never heard.  Such is the case with this song.  I just had to share it.  The video is just one that someone threw together.  But listen to the song–the lyrics are BEAUTIFUL.

I have been blessed to have 3 beautiful children.  Two of those children have been newborns at Christmas time.  Both times it has caused me to stop and to really ponder what it was like for Jesus to leave Heaven and to become a helpless infant in the arms of unexperienced, young parents.  The song mentions “all of Heaven” wondering why Jesus would do this.  Why He would CHOOSE to do this.  Why He would CHOOSE to be a baby who was born . . . to die.

It’s hard to take it all in at times.  I never thought about what the night He was born was really like before I had children.  Mary suffered through childbirth.  She likely struggled, like most new mothers, with breastfeeding.  There were probably times that she grew weary of hearing Him cry.  Times when she didn’t know how to calm Him.  Times when He had gas pains.  Or when He just wouldn’t go to sleep!

I can imagine as He grew into the terrible twos that she would sometimes think “I know you’re the Son of God and all but can you please stop writing on the furniture?”  Because although Jesus was sinless He was still an innocent child at one time.  A child who got hurt.  Who liked to explore.  Who liked to pull all the dishes out from the cabinets and beat on them with a spoon.

It had to be amazing but also scary being the mother of God’s one and only Son.  Can you imagine how you would feel each time He became sick?  Or each time He fell and skinned His knee?  “Ooops–sorry about that God!”.  Or how about watching Him die on a cross when you know He has chosen to do so.  When you know He is the only one able to save Himself and yet He doesn’t.

I look forward to the day that I can talk with Mary about Jesus’s childhood.  Maybe swap stories with her about carrying (wonder if she had morning sickness?), delivering (how long did she labor?) and raising (was Jesus an “easy’ baby or did He cry a lot?) our precious babies!

Thank you Jesus for being willing to come to earth and become a helpless little infant so that one day you could then die for the sins of man.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!

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December 2009

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