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Just as surely as you placed the life of Jesus in Mary, you have done the same for me. Though in an entirely different way than Mary, I too am pregnant with glory (Romans 8:18–27).
– Scotty Smith

Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. (Galatians 4:19, NLT)


One day I will love like you. One day I will only desire only the will of the Father like you. One day I won’t get my feelings hurt. One day I won’t hold any more grudges against those who have wronged me.

One day I will no longer be petty. One day I will have compassion on those who are ‘lesser’ than me. One day I will overcome every temptation, and gallantly steel myself against the onslaught of the enemy. One day I will no longer wear failure and regret as an undershirt.

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One day I will joyfully receive everything from my Father’s hand with acceptance and joy. One day I will no longer be sidetracked by lesser things. One day I will know no more jealousy.

One day I will no longer default to disappointment when I don’t get my way. One day your glory will supersede my over-protective zeal for self-comfort.

One day your miraculous delivery from all of these things will come to its full term.

But I find myself asking,

How can this be, since I am still so very far from the fullness of Jesus birthed in me?

And you respond, ever so mercifully,

My word will not fail; the work I have begun – all that I have birthed – will happen in my perfect time. Rest, my child, let me finish my work in you.

Like Mary, I pray the prayer, I wave the flag, I bow my heart, and say,

I’m your vessel, my Lord. According to your word, let it be done to me. Amen.

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6 Replies to “full term: a christmas longing”

  1. Lovely,grace filled,transparent. ..humble blog…and so beautifully depicted. Merry Christmas, big brother and happy advent season….

    Little sister,
    carolclare 📯🌲🍃

  2. I can almost hear your heart speak out loud as you write, Scott. Between your eye to see the glory of God in creation and capture it in photos and your heart’s gift to see the glory of God displayed in life –even in suffering — your posts here are incredibly rich and deep …and painfully real (if you know what I mean 😉 ) . Grace and peace and much love to you and Sandy over this Advent season and beyond. Let us know when you’re coming our way! We’d love to catch up in person.

    1. I would wish to take your words expressed here, and frame your words, Joyful. I tell you again that your posts and personal encouragements have been a lifeline in this strange and vapid season. God is using you in your online and up close communities, so keep doing what you’re doing. Thank you for being a tender shoot. Bless you – and yes and amen to our providential meet-up for the four of us!

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