Today, December 24, I keep thinking of Mary's labor. I think of mine and wonder if she felt like I did. Did she feel like a whale? Was she dying to pop that baby out? Did she worry if her baby would be all right--probably not because of what Gabriel told her. So she had no fear that the baby would die in birthing.
Was it a long labor? Did she even have labor pains, since she was conceived free of Original Sin?
Was she exhausted afterward but elated? Imagine her feelings, emotions, thoughts, after giving birth. I know how I felt after each of my babies were born. She like I gave thanks to God for allowing me to be a partner in His creation. We certainly were His instruments. It's awesome being a mother.
Picture from MEK's Pencil in the Hole.