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This Advent , Claire Mannyx generously
shares her thoughts as she awaited the
births of her third and fourth children.
At Christmas we’re called to wait for the
coming of Jesus. What does that mean?
Year after year I ’ve celebrated this feast,
not quite understanding the relevance
of it all. As 25 December approaches I
get excited about the presents I might
receive, or the presents I’m going to give,
wondering whether the person receiving
it will like it or not. I star t prepping for
the big lunch or dinner, r ushing here and
there to find what I need, making sure
I have ever y thing ready for when family
and friends storm our house. But is that
all it is? An oppor tunity for family to get
together and share each other ’s company,
expressing one’s love through the gif ts we
give ? Why wait for Christmas any way,
can't that be done any other time of the
year, on a bir thday or anniversar y?
Being pregnant with twins at this time of
year is putting a new twist to the season.
I’m keen and eager to hold these bubs in
my hands, cuddle them and inhale that
lovely smell that only babies have. I ’m
tired of waiting. I ’m physically exhausted :
my back aches, my feet are swollen and
my tummy is getting too big to carry
arou nd . Sometimes thoughts are even
heavier to carr y : fears of labour, the pain
of during and after, wondering if I’ll be
able to deliver naturally or whether I ’ll
need a caesarean... fear of the unknown !
How much must the Jews have longed
for their Saviour to be born ! How
much am I waiting for my Saviour to
be born in my life? Am I waiting at all?
Waiting with eagerness to experience
the love of Christ in my life and satiate
that deep longing to
be loved and be
wanted. Sometimes ,
even though we’r e
people, even people
who love us, we still
feel empty. There’s a
cer tain emptiness , a
dullness in life that, tr y
as we might, we never
manage to assuage.
Many times, we’r e not
even aware of it because
we’ve never known it could
be different .
When a baby is born to a family, there is
happiness , excitement, love. Life changes,
and though the changes are sometimes
hard to get used to and bear, there is joy.
When Christ comes, ou r lives change.
Words fall shor t in expressing what it
means to those who have experienced
Christ born into their lives. Christ comes
in different ways: to some through the
embrace of someone special, to other s
through an unexpec ted gift, others
discover him in the silence of per sonal
prayer, of the surrounding community
or the glor y of nature. When we
experience it, something hard in our
hearts melts and we are in touch with a
need we didn’ t know we had.
And yet, sometimes we’r e so busy we fail
to acknowledge, appreciate, and savour
these moments. We let precious jewels
slip through our hands, because of the
glamour, novelty and distr ac tions that
surround us. God tends to come, not
through a storm, an ear thquake or a
strong fire, but through a gentle breeze.
When Jesus was born, the whole of
Bethlehem was bustling with people.
Ever y where was full. Business
was at its best, people
buying, people selling;
families that were
dispersed all over
Galilee and Judaea
were now reunited;
new girls to see –
gossip must have been
at its peak!
Yet in a poor room, the
greatest possible news that
could have circulated occurred. But
the only people who were aware of it
were those who were quietly waiting and
willing to listen ; the shepherds, outcasts
and looked down upon by people in
town, and the Magi, wise men who were
sensitive to the world around them.
We are good people and we live good
lives and yet there comes a point when
we realise that is not enough. When we
take time to seek within ourselves and
discover who we are, we discover an
empty manger, so special and so unique
to each individual person that only the
King of Kings is able to fill it.
My experience of Christ’s love came at
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THE EMPTY MANGER
WITHIN EACH OF US
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the end of a beautiful day with a friend.
We did nothing grand, just walked,
talked and took time to discover where
the other was. As we par ted we gave
each other a hug – not a quick hug, but
a meaningful embrace that expressed
gratitude and appreciation. At home,
in the quiet of my bedroom, I took
time to think through the day, and as
I remembered that hug I put my arm
across my chest longing to relive that
expression of love. At that moment,
tears of joy came rolling down my face.
Something had stirred within my soul and
an emptiness that I had car ried all my life
had just then been filled. For the first
time in my life I felt love deep within. I felt
so much joy and freedom as I cried my
hear t out, letting go of all the hurt, pain,
rejection I had accumulated throughout
the year s. Through that friend, God
reached out to me and embraced a lonely
girl who for so long had longed to be
loved, not for what I could do or give, but
for who I was.
This did not happen at Christmas but on
a random autumn day. As I patiently wait
for the twins to be born, I look forward
to Jesus being born afresh in my life this
Christmas. In the same chaotic way, I
know my life will change once the twins
arrive, I look forward to Christ upturning
my life with his joy, love and peace. There
are things that will sur face from within
that I didn’t know I had to deal with, but
even though the initial change can be
hard, in the long term I know I will not be
able to imagine my life without him – or
without these precious little ones .
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