We’ve heard the story sooooo many times. This is why I like to make you think about it like this, like it was really happening today. Feel what they likely felt, that First Christmas. And of course, it will take some creativity, since things are so different today than they were then.
In some ways, things are the same. I’m sure there were certain types, whom people would not have been surprised to hear about a little hanky-panky going on. Joseph though, was considered “upright”. Same thing today–there are people whom you might be shocked to find out that a baby was on the way… Imagine too, the shock and embarrassment of the couple involved! We always talk about that as far as Mary and Joseph, but if you think about someone you actually know…. hmmm…. poor Sam! ;) And his Girl–how would she explain it to him?! Would it be any use trying to explain that God told you, that the Holy Spirit created that fetus without the help of a man? A dilemma for sure!
My devotionals this morning talked about Mary’s humility. By the way, a quiet, afraid-to-speak up person is NOT humble. In fact, such a person is afraid of how they might seem to others: pride if you ever saw it!
“…Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them – living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.” (Romans 8:5-6)
Tomorrow: about singing…