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PREPARING FOR A MIRACLE by AMRE CORTADINO
12/24/2019 5:15:00 PM by: Patti Shene

 

I AM SO EXCITED TO WELCOME MY GOOD FRIEND AND CRITIQUE PARTNER AMRE CORTADINO TO THE OVER 50 WRITER! AMRE SHARES AN ANALOGY BETWEEN THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW FAMILY MEMBER AND THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR.

 

 

PREPARING FOR A MIRACLE

 

 

 

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Amre Cortadino

 

 

 

A month ago, as we prepared for the arrival of our third grandchild, I glimpsed a comparison to the birth of our Savior. I’d been to several grocery stores, cooked like a madwoman to stock our daughter’s freezer, and laundered and packed enough clothes for our weeklong visit with our daughter, son-in-law, newborn, and two oldest grandchildren.

 

 

 

After a week of preparations, we made a quick stop at our favorite coffee fueling station, then headed off for a six-hour drive to the hospital. I slouched in the passenger seat, happy to finally take a load off my feet, excited to meet our newest family member. With my husband in the driver’s seat, we let the car do the work of getting us there.

 

 

 

Yet Mary and Joseph traveled approximately sixty-five miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a donkey ride that took a minimum of four days. They probably had meager provisions, and the hospital and staff were nowhere to be found. In fact, their situation was more desperate than that. Every room had been taken. No concierge greeted them or offered to make alternate plans, and no home-cooked meal was served that night.

 

 

 

Our third grandchild was a planned C-section. By all accounts, Mary was a young, unmarried teen. With an unplanned pregnancy.

 

 

 

In a state-of-the art surgical suite with trained medical staff, our little granddaughter entered the world. Because no one else was around, quite possibly Joseph had to help birth Mary’s baby boy. In an outdoor lean-to meant for animals.

 

 

 

Though our granddaughter wasn’t a surprise, her name hadn’t been decided until after her birth. An angel told Mary she would have a child and His name would be Jesus, Savior of the World.

 

 

 

The visitors that came to see our daughter had anticipated the birth of her baby girl. They did not resemble poor, curious shepherds who visited because of the angels’ birth announcement.

 

 

 

Though stars shown in the heavens when our granddaughter was born, none led Magi to her cradle. But royalty came and bowed before the Christ child.

 

 

 

Before her birth, we prayed for our newest grandchild and, along with her parents, siblings, and countless family and friends, will lead her to the cross where Jesus gave His life for her, for each of us.

 

 

 

This Christmas, we sing the familiar carols, hear the host of angels heralding the arrival of God’s greatest gift to us. And, like the shepherds, rejoice in the proclamation of Good News. Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas. 

 

 

 

Amre Cortadino is a follower of Jesus Christ, has been married for 39 years, and enjoys four wonderful children, three outlaws, and three precious grandchildren. She worked in the medical field for over 30 years. After completing her B.S.H.S., she became a health educator and received international credentials in childbirth education (I.C.E.A.) and lactation consulting (I.B.C.L.C.). She serves as a women’s Bible study leader, participates in a local book club and writers groups, and enjoys chatting with her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Website friends.

Learn more about Amre at MerryHeartInk.com.


Comments

Susan Ronning From White Salmon, WA At 12/28/2019 1:06:00 PM

I happen to know the author and actually met her new granddaughter at our Christmas Eve service - she is beautiful! I also was privileged to critique one of her earlier works and knew she was on her way to becoming a well-known author, as proven by her insight here. Good job! ????

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Susan. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your connection with Amre and her lovely granddaughter. It is a blessing to hear from you. May God's light shine on you throughout the New Year.

Amre Cortadino From Idaho At 12/27/2019 5:26:02 PM

Thank you for reading this post and leaving a comment! Much like the shepherds of long ago, we get to take the story of our Savior's birth to a broken world. May the hope, good news, and peace of Christmas abide with you always.

Gwendolyn Gage From Kentucky At 12/26/2019 11:16:25 AM

Love this comparison! It really makes you think of how unprepared the world was for Christ, and how suddenly He came. Bethlehem had no room for Him. I love how the manger relates to him being the Bread of Life. :-) God bless you, and Merry Christmas!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gwendolyn. So glad you were able to stop by to read this post and join the discussion. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a blessed 2020.

Lorraine Howe From Idaho At 12/26/2019 9:02:33 AM

Beautiful comparison of life and it’s precious impact on others and the world.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lorraine. Thank you so much for visiting the website and taking the time to leave a comment. May God bless you this Christmas season and throughout the New Year.

Andrea From Oregon At 12/25/2019 9:55:33 PM

Thank you for highlighting this author on your blog. I’ve been a huge fan of her writing and enjoyed reading this story very much.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Andrea. So glad you stopped by. I believe Amre will author many books in the near future! Merry Christmas and blessings throughout 2020.

Becky M Van Vleet From Colorado At 12/25/2019 7:28:39 PM

I appreciate this comparison, Amre. It really gives us some thoughts to ponder. Many blessings to your family as you enjoy this new little granddaughter!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with Amre about this comparison. May you be blessed this Christmas Day and throughout 2020.

Kathy McKinsey From Ohio At 12/25/2019 11:55:23 AM

Beautiful. Bring this precious new soul to meet Jesus.

Reply by: Patti Shene

I am sure Amre and her family will do exactly that, Kathy! Thank you for stopping by to read this beautiful story. Merry Christmas!

Mary Pat From Tx At 12/25/2019 10:08:40 AM

What a lovely comparison between a new grandbaby and Jesus, the Christ Child. So thankful for both!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Mary Pat! So glad you had a chance to stop by and read the post that Amre provided on this very special day. May you be blessed this Merry Christmas Day!

Dave From Mama said, ""Heaven."" At 12/25/2019 5:59:48 AM

I glad both babies were born.

Reply by: Patti Shene

I agree, Dave! I think of the joy this baby girl brought to Amre and her family and the joy the Christ child brings to the lives of each of us! Thank you for stopping by. Merry Christmas!

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2/6/2015 11:43:27 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN ENCOURAGEMENT COMES YOUR WAY
1/30/2015 10:49:02 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SANDY NADEAU
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I AM A WRITER--OR AM I REALLY?
1/1/2015 8:17:26 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GEORGE DUNCAN
12/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARTHA ROGERS
11/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR EDITH EDWARDS
11/6/2014 11:15:50 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
10/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
10/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR FRANCES SUSANNE BROWN
9/18/2014 10:48:13 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
9/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LILLIAN DUNCAN
8/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CYNTHIA TONEY
8/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CARRIE STUART PARKS
7/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR & PUBLISHER TRACY RUCKMAN
7/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET SKETCHLEY
6/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
6/4/2014 11:36:05 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA CAREY LYLES
5/15/2014 1:04:21 PM  by: Patti Shene

DARK BIOLOGY BY BONNIE DORAN
5/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE WATERS OF KADESH BY CAROLE TOWRISS
4/17/2014 12:50:51 PM  by: P

WHERE HOPE STARTS BY ANGELA D. MEYER
4/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE CHARM BRACELET BY SUSAN PAGE DAVIS
3/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Love Redeemed by Kelly Irvin
3/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
2/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME WRITER DELORES LIESNER
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Heartbeat of the Novel by James R. Callan
1/15/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Don't Let Bible Contradictions Rob Your Faith
1/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Lilliann Duncan
5/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a Reluctant Reader
5/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LENA NELSON DOOLEY
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KATHI MACIAS
4/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle
4/18/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'm back
4/11/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author JoAnn Durgin
2/14/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Award-Winning Author Susan Page Davis
2/7/2013 12:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing Jeanette Windle and Congo Dawn
1/23/2013 10:22:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

Author Carole Johnson on Perseverance
1/17/2013 12:24:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Value of Social Media
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Glimpse Into the Future
1/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Jo Huddleston
12/20/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Give Some Holiday Hope for Just $3.99
12/14/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Great Christmas books from Lena Nelson Dooley
12/7/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome to Author Jude Urbanski
11/13/2012 12:59:21 PM  by: Patti Shene

A Writers Journey Part IV
11/13/2012 12:55:36 PM  by: Patti Shene

Interview with Author Kelly Irvin
11/13/2012 12:50:08 PM  by: Patti Shene

Whose prophecy do you believe?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Michal J. Webb
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Author Sharon Shrock and the Women of Valley
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Lillian Duncan
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene