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My Bummer Christmas Pregnancy

I thought being pregnant now would bring me closer to Mary and her Child.

Being pregnant during Christmas, I'm learning, has its benefits: a perpetual holiday glow, an excuse to eat two, or five, cookies, and a legitimate reason to buy new clothes (i.e., presents) for yourself. One thing pregnancy doesn't do, however, is make Advent more spiritually significant.

For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with the Virgin Mary. When I realized that my pregnancy would overlap with Advent, I relished the chance to relate to Mary's experience of waiting for Jesus in a unique and profound way. This Advent, I was sure, would be unlike any other.

And so far, it has been. But not because I'm pregnant.

In his book Mary For Evangelicals (IVP, 2006), theologian Tim Perry attributes Christians' fascination with Mary to our fascination with Jesus. Mary, he writes, "directs the faithful away from herself, always to her Son." Nowhere is this truer than in the Christmas story, in which Mary's blessedness derives not from her but from her child. Somehow, I had forgotten this. ...

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