See that baby in the manger? I know it's hard to see from the picture, but believe me, He's smiling! And that guy standing in the back - well, that's Joseph! I bet he still can't believe all that has happened. He was just a simple man thrust on the stage of universal proportions! He had a broken heart (his fiance was pregnant, and it wasn't his!), and a dream (that included angels), and then a wife and now a baby! But the baby is just on loan to him - or maybe he is just on loan to the baby. Someone had to teach Jesus to shave, right? Or maybe not, adult Jesus always has a beard. Hmmmm
At any rate, I love the heart of Joseph. So much responsibility and no publicity, just kind of an honorable mention for an honorable man. But I'm thinking that angelic dream must have seemed part nightmare. Think about it: you've decided to leave a woman who is obviously cheating on you. You go to bed resolved to end the relationship and then an angel appears in your dream. Seems like whenever angels appear, they seem to say, "Fear Not!" So they must be something to be afraid of. And when Joseph woke up, he got married. But he waited most for a year for the honeymoon. People are whispering behind his back about what he and Mary did before they got married.
What to know what else is ironic? Merry gave me such a big build up yesterday in this blog. And today is my first ever blog. And all I can come up with is wonder about Joseph's sudden change of heart and self imposed celibacy.
Yep, God is smiling.
Sometimes He smiles with me and often times on me. Today He is smiling at me.
The following is a series of e-mails between Lory and me that started
from our first two days readings:
It strikes me what an honorable man Joseph was. He didn’t know what we do about what comes next. But he still wanted to protect Mary’s honor.
What an amazing man God chose to be the earthly father of His son!
and the poor guy gets so little time or background in the bible. Whatever happened to him?
It will be fun to get his perspective in heaven! I bet he thinks he did no big thing. And he doesn’t even know yet that his rough, calloused carpenter hands get to deliver his wife’s baby – a wife he has never been with! I love that guy!
It seems like the three versions have a slightly different view of timing. NIV seems to say that Joseph had already made up his mind before the angel stepped in. KJV seems to say Joseph was still thinking when the angel arrived. And the Message if you go back to v 19, seems to say he made up his mind but was still scheming on the how of it all.
Maybe it doesn’t matter, and how will we ever know. I’m still impressed with Joseph. He was a really good man!
Now maybe you can understand why I love
discussing Bible stuff with Lory.
I love her perspective on things.
Mine are not quite so high(?)
I just wonder why the poor guy didn't get more press!
Todays reading takes us to the foretelling of Christ's arrival
The King James version is so beautiful.
I like to read a Parallel Bible when I'm studying.
It has three pretty standard translations and
then The Message all lined up across from
The Message is really helpful when I am struggling to
The stockings however are lining the back of the couch.
The Santa tree did NOT go up this year.
But you want to know the biggest surprise for me?
While I chose a different location for the
I had Shanna arrange the pieces.
And while it is still in the dining room,
I did change the piece of furniture it sits on.
But what is truly amazing is
Shanna's positioning of the pieces.
Joseph and Mary are in the manger.
Jesus is tucked away safely in a drawer till
But the young shepherd who should be
crouched down waiting
in front of the manger to worship
The Christ Child?
And the cow who should be lazying in the manger?
Check it out!
The cow is out in the field and the shepherd
is petting it!