Thankful for Something New
They say pregnancy changes EVERYTHING! It changes your priorities, your goals, your relationships. They say while pregnant you simultaneously want to kill your husband and shower him with undying affection (ok, well I'm not sure if they really say that). I look at my husband in a new light- I see him for the dad he will be and it makes me love him in a totally new way. They say it changes your relationship with your parents because for the first time in your life you will finally realize how much they love YOU as a parent does their child. And not unexpectedly, it changes your relationship with God. Since I've been pregnant I have never been more thankful or felt more blessed- but yesterday in church I had a whole new realization. I was taking communion and as I did I reflected on how I am thankful to Jesus for my salvation and assurance of eternity in heaven. And it occurred to me, that Jesus also died to save my baby! I know this is not a new concept - Christ died for all people - but he made a sacrifice for my child. And that made me see him a whole new light. I've always been thankful for MY salvation- but when I think about how Jesus died for my mom and dad and husband and baby- wow- that makes me even more thankful. It is like if someone healed your sibling from disease, or granted your hard working parents early retirement, or donated an organ to your friend-or assured them eternity in heaven- you would be so thankful on their behalf, and that is the new way I am thankful to my God.