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This wonderful story came from a leaflet sent to me by the Lutheran Hour Philippines on the Christmas of 2002.

By the time the Lord made the woman, He was into His 6th day of working overtime. An angel appeared and asked. "Lord, why are you spending so much time on this one?"

And the Lord answered, "Have you seen the specification sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, can run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold two children at one time and that disappears when she stands up, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have a six pairs of hands."

The angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No way!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!" "Should she get all that?" the angel asked. The Lord nodded in agreement. "Yep, one pair of eyes are to see what she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can.  And the third pair are here in the front of her head.  They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."

The angel told the Lord, "This is too much work for one day, my Lord.  Please wait until tomorrow to finish."   "But I can't!" The Lord replied, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart."

The angel moved closer and touched the woman,  "But you have made her so soft, Lord."  "She is soft,"  the Lord agreed,  "but I have also made her tough.  You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."  Will she be able to think?" asked the angel.  The Lord replied, "Not only that.  She will be able to reason and negotiate."

The angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek, "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model."  "That's not a leak,"  the Lord objected.  "That's a tear!" "What's the tear for?"  the angel asked.  The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her grief, her disappointment, her loneliness, and her pride."

The angel was impressed.  "You are a genius, Lord.  You really thought of everything."

And the Lord replied, "That's because a woman should be fully equipped in order for her to handle everything.  Women should have strength when men lack them, and their wives should be able to strengthen their husbands when needed.  They will rear children, they will face hardships and burdens BUT they will also experience happiness, love and joy.  They can smile when they want to scream.  They can sing when they want to cry.  They can cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.  They can fight for what they believe in.   They can stand up for injustice.  They won't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.  They would go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They would love unconditionally.  they would cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards.  Their hearts can break when a friend dies.  They would have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they can be strong when they think there is no strength left.  They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.  They'll do everything to show how much they care about you.  The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!  Women do more than just give birth.  They bring joy and hope.  They give compassion and ideals.  And by the way, women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes, too."

And the Lord concluded, "Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.  And someday, I will also enjoy my creation for when my time comes to save humanity and become a human myself, a woman will deliver me into the world...and I, too, would have a MOTHER."

Now that is one big reason why we celebrate Christmas today.  For there was this very special woman who took the responsibility of giving birth to the Greatest Man who ever lived.  

Merry Christmas World, Happy Birthday Lord!!!