Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23 (King James Version)
It is difficult to appreciate the first century reality of this birth story. It starts early when as children we learn this story. A “YouTube” video wonderfully documents the Christmas story as reported by children.
Diane Sawyer on 20/20, December 16, 2011, “Giving Life: A Risky Proposition” documents birth stories that more realistically and commonly occur in the world. It is a “Mary Story” of women giving birth alone with the real chance of mortality. It is a longer and complicated story that fortunately is only rarely told in “developed” countries.
So here is the good news that shall be to all people, that even when we are most alone and vulnerable, God is with us. Thanks be to God for his wonderful gift of Life.
Wishing you a Blessed Christmas,