If you are not a hopeless romantic, this blog post may not be for you. If you are a hopeless romantic or just plain curious, read on. Here is my December 18th favorite:
What is your favorite part of the Christmas story? I will stop here and inform you that it is your choice what Christmas story you pick. In my mind, the Christmas story is the story of Jesus’ birth. My favorite part of the Christmas story is the relationship between Mary and Joseph. Many christian authors write about love stories from the Bible, but Mary and Joseph are left alone, most likely out of respect for Jesus. Not a lot is said about either of them, but I can clearly see a love story in what is unsaid. Back in those times, Jewish marriages were arranged by the parents. The marriages were not based on what we would call “true love” or “love at first sight”, but that does not mean love did not exist. I see love in Joseph’s faith to obey God and marry a girl who was seemingly pregnant out of wedlock. I see love in Mary’s willingness to accompany her husband to Bethlehem despite her circumstance. The story of Mary and Joseph is not a romance novel full of public affection but rather a story of love quietly developed over time through unity and virtue. Intimate details are not required to create an attractive love story. Love is a powerful thing; in pure, genuine form, it’s beauty should speak for itself, no words required.
I am sorry to those of you who aren’t really into romance. Please stay tuned for the next blog post tomorrow.
Also, the most important part of the Christmas story is Jesus. My choice was made based on all options apart from Jesus’ birth because that is an obvious choice for any believer.
Stay merry readers! Only 7 days left until Christmas…
– Lauren Michele :)
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yetdid 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.” – Matthew 1:19-20
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be calledthe Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:28-38
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world(This was the first census that took place whileQuirinius was governor of Syria.). And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:1-7