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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. What a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas Season! As mothers, I’m sure we have all placed ourselves in Mary’s shoes and wondered and pondered what it was really like to bear the Savior – especially as she watched her Son as He died for the sins of the world! Thank you for this poignant story that draws us back to the enduring love of Jesus. It calls to mind a song I leaarned as a teenager that had a line in it: Do you worship the Babe in the manger, but reject the Christ of the Cross? Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

  2. Jennifer,

    A great perspective on Christmas. It is easy for the Christmas story to become rote. Thank you for sharing a different view on the story. We can’t fully comprehend what Mary was going through. We talk about shepherds & wise men but never Mary & Joseph. How they handled the situation. Great glimpse into Mary’s side of the story. I’m awed at her calmness & attitude. How she was able to tell everyone & endure the “shame” of it for a while. She was a strong Jewish woman. This just shows the awesome love & gentleness of God. Willingly leaving the splendor of Heaven to be born a human on this wicked Earth. Gentle & kind to answer Mary’s questions & calm her fears. We need to remember Christmas is about a birth leading to a horrible death. Listen to Cloverton’s Christmas Hallelujah. It starts out with hearing of a baby boy come to bring joy goes through the whole Christmas story & ends with the cross.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Thank you, Beth. Off to google Cloverton’s Christmas Hallelujah. I can’t wait to listen. I’ve never heard that song before.

      blessings to you,

  3. Very beautiful and touchingly written. I would love to read a man’s perspective of Joseph’s journey as well. It is so important that we stop in the whirl and frenzy we have succumbed to in our generation and completely focus on our Redeemer. Thank you for sharing this lovely portrayal of Mary’s story.

    • You’re so welcome, Patty.

      Yes, a man’s perspective would be something. We can only imagine what was going through Joseph’s mind with the declaration that his betrothed was pregnant. The fact that he stood by her, considering the cultural implications is something we don’t often ponder.

  4. Such a wonderfully different view on the Christmas Story, from the mom’s perspective! I have been looking for a story to read aloud during our Christmas Eve service at church. This fits the bill perfectly. I wonder if you would mind my using it for that purpose? I would gladly give your authorship full credit. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • I’m so glad you found this, Pamela, and yes, I’d be more than happy to have you share it. Thank you for mentioning authorship.

      Many blessings to you and your church family during this advent season.

      Jen xoox

  5. Well, this makes me look at the Christmas story with new eyes. Hearing it in a very different way helps to slow me down to absorb the magnificence of it all.


    • oh friend – me too. I wrote this a few years ago and I remember sitting at my laptop with tears streaming down my eyes as I penned it. We just don’t envision all the cultural implications of this sacrifice.

  6. Jennifer,

    There is an art to painting a picture with your words – and an even greater art to making the reader feel as though they are a part of the picture. Thank you for this; it is a wonderful perspective! I suspect if each of us imagined ourselves as part of the Christmas story, our worship would change dramatically in this season.



    • Thank you for your kind words, Vicki.

      Your comment is so true. When we envision ourselves as part of this story, it’s nearly impossible to fathom this great gift of His birth, death and resurrection.