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Sandra Deer,
M.Div., a pastor and pastor’s spouse, is the personal
ministries, women’s ministries, and evangelism school director of
the  Alberta Conference. She and her husband, Ted, are being
initiated into parenthood by Stephen, their newborn.  

          
                                    
                           
 When God Becomes Vulnerable (pdf)
                                                           
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4,5
 

After giving birth to our first child and being discharged from the hospital last week, I was left in utter amazement that my husband and I were entrusted with the life of this little child. The nurses taught us the basics such as how to breastfeed and how to bathe and change him. They gave us a check list of items needed to be sure he was ready to go home with us. Finally the time came to leave the hospital and venture into the world with our baby. 

So many thoughts flooded my mind, thoughts of gratitude and joy, and also anxious thoughts about caring for someone so little. How do mothers and fathers do it? It is amazing the wealth of information one receives on pregnancy and delivery, but when the baby is born, it is like we are on our own - sink or swim. Fortunately there is so much information available over the internet and health lines are just a phone call away to answer questions or concerns that may arise. Despite all this, bringing baby home filled my heart with joy and trepidation all at the same time. 

I’ve had to wonder, how did the Godhead ever do it? How did God the Father allow His Son to be born a babe, so vulnerable, so dependent on the care of Mary and Joseph? How did the Godhead entrust two human beings to feed, clean, handle and protect the Saviour of the world? 
 
What an amazing God we serve!  A God who was willing to be vulnerable and willing to entrust the life of His Son to mere mortals. The Creator of this universe, a babe, born of a woman, was so fragile and so dependent on earthly parents for His sustenance. With the aid of heaven, the parents were able to fulfill their role in raising Jesus, the Messiah of the world. 
 
Mothers and fathers have been entrusted with the gift of raising a child, but they need not do it alone.  We are able to call to our aid the help of heaven in raising a child in the fear of the Lord. “For surely God is my help, the One who sustains me.” Psalm 54:4 

 
 
Discussion Questions
 1  Share why a loving God would subject His perfect Son to come into a degraded, violent world like ours?
 
 2  When you think of those who have impacted your life in a positive way, was vulnerability one of the characteristics they displayed? If so, give an example.

  3  When we relate to people at home, at work, in our church family, how would displaying vulnerability be helpful in strengthening those relationships?