This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
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One of my favorite books is “Two From Galilee ” by Marjorie Holmes. The scripture gives us such little snippets of Mary and Joseph’s struggles as unwed parents. Maybe that’s to keep the Christmas story from being R rated. In the introduction to her book, Marjorie says: I was told. “You’ve made the Holy Family as real as the people next door! You can’t do that.” “That’s exactly what I meant to do,” I pleaded. “to make people realize they weren’t just statues or pictures on a Christmas card. They did breathe and hurt and hope and love just like we do. They too were human beings!”
Her book is fiction and gives human life and heartbreaking struggle to a young Mary having to tell Joseph and her mother that she is pregnant with the messiah! Yes, the Jews believed God would send the messiah to a young virgin. But how would your parents have reacted to you announcing you were that one?
If you really want a true Advent and 1st Christmas experience of anticipation, read this book! Suffer with this young woman the anticipation of the birth and the hardships of trying to figure out how God planned to make this miracle happen. The book of Matthew makes it short and sweet.
But those 4 quick verses of scripture were 9 long months of struggle and wonder for Mary and Joseph! Make Advent a time of wonder in your life. See how you can help those in need know the love of God. There will be many opportunities to show the Christmas miracle kind of love throughout this season.
God of Christmas miracles, help us all experience this time of anticipation in a way that births your love in the lives of those around us this Advent season.