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As I was playing with my daughter Scarlett, I started to think about her birth. It was a pretty smooth experience, but not painless. To receive such a gift from the Lord, I had to work for it. I also felt the pain because Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. I feel joy because Christ chose to save me. I obviously wouldn’t experience the joy of my newborn with out this child-birthing pain. Pain and sin in this world can be overwhelming. I couldn’t understand His grace as deeply. I am able too see how gross my sin is, which simultaneously shows how pure and Holy Christ is. I can’t wait for the day of glorification, but until then I will rejoice under all circumstances because I am being made more like Him. I am showered with His grace every second of every day. And I did nothing to deserve such a gift.
“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”