Glorious mess

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:00 am
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Jodie McCarthy | 98five blogger

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney

Each year as I sit next to the Christmas tree, looking at the mess around me from the day before, I wonder, what did Mary and Joseph do the day after Christmas? How did they spend their boxing day?


I know I feel tired and worn out after the merriment and mayhem of my Christmas day. But how would they have felt? Honestly what a massive deal, finding shelter in a stable; the wonderful pain, labour and amazement that is the birth of a child; unannounced guests to entertain…seriously in our terms this is a Christmas nightmare.

So I wonder how did they feel the next day? The day of quiet, when they finally had a chance to be together as a family, pause and reflect. Did they spend all day gazing at their new little boy? Or were they freaking out about the responsibility given to them — not just a child (which is heavy enough if you ask me), but God’s son?!

I imagine they felt a bit like me on Boxin Day: happy; worn out; a little overwhelmed; loving their family time; figuring out their little one’s feeding times and dealing with crying (from both Mary and Jesus — maybe even Joseph too!).

I bet their boxing day felt a lot like a glorious mess to them, like it does to me.

So I am like Mary going to treasure up all these things and ponder them in my heart. (Luke 2:19)

ONLINE USE_Jodie McCarthy profile photoJodie is a full-time mum, part-time writer and some-time poet. She is fascinated by language, word origins, and meaning, and has always found comfort in writing. After a life as a professional woman, she is slowing adjusting to the joys and struggles of being a stay-at-home mum. Her blog is her slice of sanity in her life as mother. Jodie is passionate about encouraging women in their everyday, whether it’s mundane, challenging, painful or thrilling. She lives in Perth with her husband and two daughters. | Follow Jodie on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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