Several years ago in preparation for the Christmas season I read a book called Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes. It’s written from the view of Jesus’ mother Mary, Joseph and their parents. This year I decided I wanted to come into the season differently than I have the last few years. So, to prepare my heart, I decided to read this book again.
As I read along one of the sentences stopped me. Jesus’ grandmother was reflecting on her daughter Mary “becoming a woman” and remembering herself when she “became a woman.” “And thus it was that every Jewish woman cherished her body for all its faults and thought: Even I could be the one.” Even I could be the one! Wow!
What if I embraced and cherished my body, heart, mind and soul? Who knows what I may be “the one” for? What if…
Who knows what could happen if I, if every woman, allowed our hearts to truly embrace that? What if we surrender to Jesus those parts of us that hold us back? The lies that say, “I’m too much. I’m not enough. I’m not educated. I’m too heavy. I’m too thin. (Hey, it could happen!) I’m not pretty enough.”
What if this season we gave ourselves the gift of embracing all our imperfections and giving them to Jesus? Even I could be the one…
Deanna Sturgeon lives in Michigan with her husband of 30 years. A mother of three boys and three grandchildren, she loves spending time with her family and friends, camping, lounging at the beach, and reading. She is learning to embrace what wild Jesus has for her through love, dreams, hope and laughter.