What Child is This?

This Christmas season has been wonderful for us, for many reasons, all of which I am so grateful for.  Mostly, it has been magical because I think that I have felt the Savior’s closeness so keenly.  I have been so grateful for it.

I find myself thinking of Mary, His mother.  My girls heard the “Mary, did you know?” song on the radio a couple of weeks ago and haven’t stopped singing it.  It has made me think a great deal.  How much did she know?  How much did she feel of who He truly was?  As a mother, I can imagine that she felt a tremendous amount. 

Lately, my closeness with my own little one is increasing.  I love that feeling.  I have loved it every time.  And it is different every time.  Each time, it is a new little spirit, with a new little heart and a new gift to the world. 

I feel something so special lately about this new little woman, and perhaps that is why I have felt so close to Christ’s mother.  She must have felt His sacredness.  And as each of our lives are meant to pattern His, I feel the sacredness of my own new little one. 

It has made me recommit myself to being a better mother to all of my children.  Each of them are born with a light inside of them, with profound potential and an ability to change the world in which they live and the lives within it.  I need to remember that more, in the day to day things that pass.  I need to remember it when they color on the wall, and when they keep changing their clothes.  I need to remember it when they have a hard time sleeping at night, and when they don’t want to eat their dinner.  I need to remember it when I’m terribly tired.  And I need to remember it when they cry and when they need their mother to hold them. 

Just as our Father knew precisely who Christ’s mother should be, He also knows precisely who each of our mothers should be.  And that includes my own daughters.  I want to live up to that knowledge, and be the mother that they need, so that they can grow up to live as Christ did, and bless the lives of others. 

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