Because the birth of Jesus was not
A quiet thing, but rather
To be fully man means to come into the world as men do.
He wasn’t clean and bright and shiny but instead wet and misshapen and hungry.
The world was foreign and terrifying to him; his mother was only just beginning to understand the implications of his birth.
The manger was not fresh straw and clean blanket.
The manger was dirt and animal saliva and cold.
To the relief of the mother, everything went as it should (or so we think).
And when she held him in that first moment
All she could think of
Was how grateful she was for that ordeal to be over
And how beautiful her son was.