Submitted by Mary Davis on Wed, 11/20/2019 - 4:04pm
Donald Winnicott, a British pediatrician and psychoanalyst, noted, famously, and with some controversy, that “there’s no such thing as a baby.” By this, he meant that there is no such thing as a baby, alone. A baby’s very existence requires a mother, or a mothering presence, and a baby can only grow and flourish in relationship. In Advent, we wait, with a hope that is pregnant with possibility, and know that the baby we await is not a baby without someone else. This baby is Jesus, and he was born into this world to be in relationship with us.