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So we just had our 3rd child in August, and once again, life has taken on a whole new level of “Busy-ness”.  Again I am overwhelmed by the experience of bringing a new life into this world.

I had a lot of help - Curtis likes to joke about how useless he feels in the delivery room, wishing he could help more, wishing he could take the pain away.  I tell him, “Just wait, your time for helping will come once we get home with this one!”  We are blessed and humbled when we think of God allowing us to have these children, and that He trusts us with them!  The miracle of being pregnant is still amazing to me, especially after we struggled with infertility for several years before deciding to adopt, then started the adoption process, sent in all of our paperwork, and a week later found out that I was pregnant!  Alexandra was our first miracle, for more reasons than just thinking we couldn't have kids.  2 years later Lucas was our second miracle, and now Elliot brings that number up to 3.  After having a miscarriage after Lucas, it is even more striking to me how much of a miracle each of our children are.

I think we all have a responsibility and calling to bring life into this world.  This will obviously happen in very different ways, depending on our circumstances.  We had a glimpse of infertility, and the pain of realizing that we might never be able to have children was very difficult to bear.  We know many couples who can't have children and the struggle that they've been through in trying to deal with that reality.  We've seen some of them bring an amazing love and life into the world by adopting, and we've seen them find ways of being life-giving to the people around them.  There is a calling in all of our lives, every day, to bear life to those around us and to be life giving.  I often think of Mary, and how she literally brought Christ's life into the world, and how we need to look for opportunities to bring Christ's life into our world.

How can we do this?  Well I'm sure there are many theologians who have amazing writings about how we bring Christ into this world. I am not a theologian, which is obvious in so many ways. :)

I do, however, think that there are practical ways that we can each bring life into the world, so I would challenge each of you to think back on your day and try to come up with an example of how you brought forth life today.  When I think about my day, I see the mundane tasks of laundry, errands, diaper changes, feedings, brushing hair, brushing teeth, diaper changes, feedings, making lunches, packing snacks, diaper changes, feedings, dishes, sweeping... hmmm, don't see too much life there (nothing worth writing home about anyhow...).  But if I challenge myself to look deeper, and if I challenge myself to try a little harder to see the opportunities that God places before me, then I see life in my day.  I see how Lucas smiled and gave me a big hug after I changed his diaper.  I remember hearing “I wuff you mommy” when I put his sandals on to go out the door.  I remember that I did pause to kiss Alex on the forehead before she got on the school bus this morning, and how much it meant to Lucas to go stand outside with us to help Alex get on the bus.  These are small things.  But as Mother Teresa of Calcutta said “We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.”

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I would further this and say that the little things that we do can have the power to change our hearts, and to help us bring life to others.

“Lord, help us each to bring forth life, wherever you have called us to be today.  May we bear you in our hearts and love the people around us today, as you would have them be loved.  Make us open to hearing your call to bring your life into this world, especially when we feel dry and deserted.  Help us to see the ways that you bring life to our days - in the people around us, in our work, in our play, in our conversations.  We need your life in us Lord.  Amen.”

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