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We are getting ready to celebrate the birth of a man named Jesus, but before you can have a birthday, you have to have a woman--a woman in labor. So on Christmas Eve in my family, we honor Mary's work that night, all the women who have come before us, and all the women who stand with us now as midwives to new and better versions of ourselves. Every single one of our lives began with a woman in labor. Birth is, by definition, "a humble circumstance," no matter the surroundings. Humble and glorious.
This year, after you read the birth story we are celebrating, tell your own birth stories. Share the tales of the beginnings of ideas, sagas of how you’ve changed, or the account of the birth of your child. Ask your mom to tell you about when you were born and about her confidence in the great things you would do for the world. We were all born to help right wrongs and heal hearts. We can show up every day for the earth and the humans around us. We can be people who love people, and that--to me--is what Christmas is about.