Guest Author: A Labor of Love

Today’s Christmas Eve post comes from Andrea, writer of Better than Good. I got to know Andrea through an online group of adoptive parents. I was also blessed to meet her little boy when he was still in Ethiopia. He touched my heart and it has been a joy to watch him grow and heal since joining his family. Be sure to stop by her blog and get to know her.

What an honor to get to guest write on a blog that teaches me something new every day!! Thank you Lisa! I hope you are all having the time of your lives!!

Christmas is almost upon us. Sometimes Christmas can become so ‘routine’. We get the decorations out, put up the tree, make cookies, gain 50 pounds and generally get caught up in the celebration.

So many times we forget the first Christmas. Which of course wasn’t “Christmas” at all. It was however the day that Christ was born.

A song we heard at church the other night put that first night into a new perspective for me.
It was called Labor of Love, by Andrew Peterson sung by Randy Travis.
The first part of the song goes like this:

It was not a silent night, there was blood on the ground
You could hear a woman cry in the alleyway that night on the streets of David’s town
And the stable was not clean and the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary full of grace with tears upon her face had no mother’s hand to hold

It was a labor of pain, it was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark with every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

Had you ever thought of that night in just that way? I haven’t.
Then the song goes on:

Noble Joseph by her side, callused hands and weary eyes

No midwives to be found on the streets of David’s town in the middle of the night
So he held her and he prayed, shafts of moonlight on his face
But the baby in her womb, he was the maker of the moon
He was the Author of the Faith that could make the mountains move

It was a labor of pain, it was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark with every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

I don’t think I have ever really taken into consideration Joseph’s hand in this process. I love this word picture. He’s truly had to hold on to some amazing faith to continue next to Mary’s side. This is a woman he was to marry, who came to him telling him she was pregnant, with God’s child no less. He chose to trust God and stay by Mary’s side.

He finds himself in a stable next to Mary getting ready to help her birth God’s son. On a cold floor in a stinky room which can’t have been very clean.

This mom’s heart wants to reach out to them.
I wonder what God was thinking as he watched his son being born?

As I sat listening to the song I began to picture the millions of parent’s that still find themselves on dirt floors, in rough settings giving birth to God’s children. The pain of labor that produces such a gift.

The labor of love that a woman thousands of miles away endured that we might see the face of God in our children.

I pray you take a moment this Christmas and thank God for His labor of love bestowed upon you…. whomever or whatever that may be.

God Bless and Merry Christmas.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Melodie Monberg
    December 24, 2009

    Wow,what a perspective. Thank you!


  2. Our journey following Christ
    December 24, 2009

    With tears in my eyes, I say thank you for the word picture, Andrea.

    Blessings and Merry Christmas,

  3. Are These Kids All Yours?
    December 24, 2009

    Love it……makes you think a lot more about how it really was. Thank You! 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    December 24, 2009

    I LOVE Andrew Peterson's album "Behold the Lamb." It has this song on it and several others that cause me to think deeply about Christmas. I try to make it to Thanksgiving before I start playing it daily! This is the first Christmas album that I have heard that tells the story of the whole bible leading up to the long awaited King being born. It is fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing about this awesome song. Merry Christmas!

    Tyra E

  5. kristine
    December 24, 2009

    Thank you so much for this beautiful reflection on Christmas and the journey our children take. Truly beautiful and i so appreciate your perspective. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Anonymous
    December 24, 2009

    It’s Christmas Eve. 1,000 new marines have landed in Afghanistan. More are on the way. I’ve adopted three troops myself (two in Afghanistan, one in Iraq) but there is a whole lot more need out there than one person can handle. I’m writing this to encourage people to visit the website and consider signing up. This is not a commercial, I’m a real person (middle aged and fat) but want to do my part to support these soldiers so far from home.
    Sue Ryan, Cascade Locks, Oregon

  7. Mamita J
    December 28, 2009


    Saving the world is not a sterile job.



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