Following Jesus to Bethlehem - Day 23

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Following Jesus to Bethlehem

More Advent wonder and Christmas joy 
The Connection
Life Support
Jesus, I know you and your mother
are two distinct individuals, but I’m wondering
while you were forming in her womb, what percentage of 
the umbilical cord was her and
what percentage was you?

Day  23:

Jesus, even after reflecting on this 5 minutes a day for 23 days now, please don’t let me imagine I comprehend the physical and emotional bonding that occurred between you and your mother.  You asked her and she consented to being your non-stop life support 24 hours a day for 9 months. She loved you and welcomed you before she ever knew you. There has never been and never will be any competition between you; only love.

The intimacy. The dependency. The trust you showed. The service she provided.

You tell us that someone who receives a prophet, because he is a prophet, will receive a prophet’s reward. 
You say if we give a little one a drink of water, just because he is a follower of yours, we will not go without a reward.
Matthew 10:41-42

In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Paul speaks of a crown that awaits him.
Your mother certainly ran the race and did not turn away.
Why do I resist the idea of you rewarding her with a crown?

Jesus, foster within me a more generous heart.