why’s

We don’t always take a close enough glimpse at one person in the Christmas story whom I can relate to the most. Because like me, Joseph appears to have wondered at the whys of Jesus. Why, Mary? Why Mary?! Why this way, God? Why now? Why me? Why? ‘Why’ is a question we can all seeContinue reading “why’s”

Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child Holy infant, tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Since becoming a mother, I realized that probably one of the most peaceful moments I ever had with each of my children was the moment IContinue reading “Silent Night”

when the sky fills with wonder…the star

We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth…. Matthew 2:2 A bright star appeared in the eastern skies to herald the newborn King. God didn’t leave anything out in trying to reach humanity. The scholarly Magi, exceptionally intelligent and scientifically gifted, were entralled with the wonder of this star. Why didContinue reading “when the sky fills with wonder…the star”

when even the hostel is full

…because there was no room in the hostel. Luke 2:7 MSG Not only was there no room at the hotels or inns in Bethlehem, but the B&Bs & hostels were also all full. It appears that the Carpenters (coz doesn’t that seem like a good fit for Joseph & Mary’s last name?!) arrived in townContinue reading “when even the hostel is full”

when finding your place in this world is awkward

The Christmas story is filled with awkward. What else would you expect from a family tree which includes a prostitute, foreigners, broken relationships, wars, and a king or two… A story with key people whose dreams came true, but in ways they didn’t anticipate: Zechariah & Elizabeth having John in their later years.  Not arrivingContinue reading “when finding your place in this world is awkward”

womb with a view

This title would not let me go: Womb with a view. What else would you call it? Jesus, one third of the Trinity, enfolded His divinity with the help of Holy Spirit and became flesh, bone & blood in a virgin’s womb. Wow. Just that action, a flash of a nanomoment in human time, sentContinue reading “womb with a view”

on the road to Bethlehem

We left off with Joseph & Mary on the long trek to Bethlehem. Still on the road… I wonder if Mary asked,  “Are we there yet?!” as her womb started sending signals it was full and had had enough. I wonder how sick of leading the donkey and being on his feet all day JosephContinue reading “on the road to Bethlehem”

census honeymoon

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, forContinue reading “census honeymoon”

broken to blessed- Joseph

There was a heart broken in the Christmas story. That of Joseph. Mary’s fiancee. It became obvious that Mary was pregnant.  I am guessing either Mary with her parents, or Mary’s father would have broken the news, and tried to explain what had happened. We don’t know exactly who told him, but I am sureContinue reading “broken to blessed- Joseph”

trusting His promises

When we left off yesterday, Mary was staying with Elizabeth…for a three month stay. Since Gabriel showed up when Elizabeth was 6 month’s pregnant (Luke 1:26), I believe Mary was there when the next good news arrived in the Advent story- the birth of John. Why do I consider this good news? 1) John wasContinue reading “trusting His promises”