Born: In Bethlehem, during the census
Lineage: the line of David
Weight: 8 lbs, 10 oz.
Length: 21 inches
Name: Jesus, Messiah, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Savior
Mary and the baby are doing fine, but both are exhausted. It was a tough delivery. We weren’t sure we’d make it to Bethlehem before the birth. The city was in chaos because of the census and she delivered in less than desirable facilities. Nevertheless, God made provision and we’re so grateful.
Jesus has Mary’s eyes and she says he has a carpenter’s hands. Although we won’t be home for a while, we can’t wait for you to meet him.
Please know how grateful we are for the way you stood with us during this unexpected and remarkable pregnancy when many shunned us and did not understand. It meant a great deal.
No gifts, please. If you wish to celebrate our joy, go to the temple, give God your praise, and make a financial gift to the poor.
I confess the magnitude of all this still hasn’t quite soaked in. Messiah is finally here! Thanks be to God.
With a grateful heart,