22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
There were so many things surrounding the birth of Jesus that were not coincidental and truly caused his parents to ponder and know that His mission was to be monumental.
The child that I lost to SIDS was the first to open my wife's womb, though we had the first two by C-section, the third was born by VBAC and truly opened the womb. The first male that was born that opened the womb. And who was taken on special assignment to help accomplish works on the other side. This little guy also played the baby Jesus in the Christmas play about four months before he passed. As I had uncannily predicted, the death happened in the "middle of my 33rd year, about the age that Jesus was when He died". In fact, running the Passover calendar back to the age that Jesus was when He died, it was off by a day - not counting for time zone differences.
So, though it has been fourteen years since the event, I cannot help but think of him this night.
There are many who are dealing with loss, far more fresh than mine is - but may we have peace in knowing that Christ overcame all death and pain and He stands as the great Redeemer of mankind.