The Life of Jesus: Starring Charlie (2012)

I have some shocking news you may never have heard anywhere else, ever.

Parenthood changes your perspective. 🙂

Ha! Revolutionary. Today I have in mind an altered perspective on Jesus. Even up to last Christmas, I imagined him wrapped up all snuggle-y and stuffed into a trough, surrounded by curious mammals {producing various barnyard noises}. Sure, I related to Mary differently in 2011 being pregnant for the first time, but I always envisioned Jesus as a still, delicate newborn under an endless midnight sky.

That’s my vision at Christmas. But from January to November each year, Jesus is in his early thirties. With a beard.

Right?

My sweet fun Charlie is teaching me that Jesus didn’t go from zero to thirty in 6.2 seconds. He was a little boy. At 6 months old, Charlie is still a baby, but he’s starkly different from the infant I delivered in June. He’s growing up – just like Jesus, you know? Or did you know? I somehow missed that until now.

So I’d like to start a Christmas tradition of personal reflection. Each December I’ll chronicle my kids’ milestones, habits, development, interests…

…and imagine my Savior doing those things too.

Charlie experienced so much and developed in so many ways in 2012. Imagine Jesus here. Imagine Mary and Joseph interacting. What did this look like 2,000 years ago?

Met his grandparents. Nursed around the clock. Baby acne. Made poopy messes. Peely skin. Clogged tear ducts/gunky eyes. Smiled in his sleep for weeks before he could do it awake.

One of many faces Charlie made within 10 seconds of newborn sleep.

One of many faces Charlie made within 10 seconds of newborn sleep.

Stared deep in my eyes. Peed on Grandma. Nighttime fussiness. His first bottle. Got danced around the kitchen. Talked to us in the brilliant new language he developed {ooh ahh ngah}.

Chatting with Dad, photo by Jessica Johnston Photography

Chatting with Dad, photo by Jessica Johnston Photography

Sucked on anything he could reach. Cluster fed. Cried til it hurt. Stayed with a babysitter. Road trip. Gained a pound a week for 3 weeks straight.

Charlie with an early weight record. Gaining like a champ!

Charlie with an early weight record. Gaining like a champ!

Kiss-ups with Dad. Pulled my hair. Scratched his legs and face. Tummy time. Cracked up laughing when his clothes were being changed. Pulled a handful of our cat’s fur out. Rolled over, but only one direction.

I can lift my head!

I can lift my head!

Showed off for company. Bore his own weight.  Grabbed toys and faces. Quieted to Mommy’s singing. Slumped and slid before he was ready to sit. Chewed on everything.

What could this blanket taste like?

What could this blanket taste like?

Fought sleep to play with new people. Dressed up for a special occasion. Feet always in his mouth. Squealed. Screamed. Splashed in the tub. Laughed every time getting towel-wrapped {my Carlito Burrito}. Blew raspberries. Silly gummy smile.

Happy Baby.

Happy Baby.

Spit up as soon as his clothes were on. Doubled in size. Played peekaboo.  Sat upright. Laughed uncontrollably at the oddest things. Started growing hair. Rolled onto his tummy while I was changing his diaper.  Rolled off the bed {just once!}. Got up on all fours and hopped his legs forward.

First time on all fours happened to be during his 6 month photo shoot. Photo by Jessica Johnston Photography.

First time on all fours happened to be during his 6 month photo shoot. Photo by Jessica Johnston Photography.

“Irish Stepdanced” when we held him up with his feet touching a surface. Tried to throw himself off the changing table. Ate banana mash.

Are you sure about this banana stuff, Mom?

There’s something more human about Jesus when you insert the years between Christmas and Easter. There’s something more impactful about God’s love when you realize he came to be “God With Us” and experienced the same kind of weakness, challenges, and emotion you’ve been through.

I wonder today if Mary ever wondered, “Really Jesus? You just spit up on the Magi that traveled for weeks to see you, and brought you a million dollars worth of shower presents. Are you sure you’re the Savior of the World?

Yes, he was and is the Savior of the World. He’s really my Savior. Now, as you ponder what Jesus was like growing up, this may be the perfect moment to have an honest, human conversation with him about being your Savior.

What are the kids in your life doing this year? Do you think Jesus did something similar? I hope you’ll comment. Thank you for sharing this Christmas moment with me!

Love,
Carolyn {like singin’ at Christmas!}

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About Carolyn Nelson

Just trying to spread a little grace. I am in love with 4 boys (married to one, mother to three), and I think you're stinkin' awesome.
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