The closeness of mother and newborn is a beautiful thing. This representation of the Nativity reminds me that being a new mother has its awkward moments too!
Jesus, how strange human life must have seemed from the inside. Thank you for being willing to come skin-close to us.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, Jesus humbled himself… Philippians 2:5-8 (NRSV)
Invitation to Prayer:
As you, like Joseph in this image, ponder the meanings of Christ’s birth, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Twelfth-century Nativity sculptures (1145-55) on the west capital frieze at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Other posts in this series:
The Nativity (1): Christmas Love