Monday, December 12, 2011

Joseph

Joseph always seems to get the shaft in the Christmas story.  Have you noticed that?  We talk about the shepherds, the kings, and of course, Mary, but Joseph….he just kind of stands there.  Seriously, in all our nativities he always the same stance….

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He looks down on Mary and Jesus like the 3rd wheel.  Like the one person on the outside of  an inside conversation. 

But I don’t think it was that way….

I see Joseph as an amazing testament of FAITH.  We sometimes take for granted that God chose Mary, but He also CHOSE Joseph. 

He chose a SET of parents for Jesus, not just a mom.   

He chose a man who was honest.  A man who loved his wife.  A man who trusted the Lord and would teach Jesus what he should know.  In the Jewish world it wasn’t Mary who would take Jesus to temple, it was Joseph, and God chose a man who would take that responsibility seriously.  It was Joseph who would teach Jesus how to make a living as a carpenter.

Joseph was chosen as a Earthly man worthy of raising the Son of God.   

I have no doubt that Joseph looked down at his newborn son with the pride, the awe, and the wonder of any new daddy.  There were probably several hours after the chaos of childbirth, and before the shepherds came.  I can just see Mary and Joseph holding their son and giggling with the naive excitement of all new parents.  I can see Joseph looking down at this baby, rubbing his rough fingers over the tiny new hands of his son, and allowing his heart to burst with the love he felt. 

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This Christmas I hope you look at Joseph in a different way.  I hope you read the Christmas story and see Joseph as the loving, caring, honest, and Godly man that he was.   I hope you see him as the daddy God saw fit to raise His boy.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Ornaments 2011

If there is one thing I am a sucker for, its tradition, and nothing lends itself to tradition like Christmas.   This seems to be one of those times of year when we pull out that cardboard box full of last years newspaper and unwrap more than some pieces of plastic with metal hooks.  We unwrap stories, laughter, and recollections. 

So, this year, inspired by Jolanthe and Madonna I am sharing some memories with you.   Here are a couple of our favorite ornaments, and the anecdotes that go with  them.

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P1080215 In 2006 I married my wonderful husband.  We married on December 16th, and we honeymooned in Gatlinburg, TN.  Being so close to Christmas it seemed only natural that we would get some kind of ornament.  We opted for something that didn’t say “Just Married”.  We wanted an ornament that each year we could put on the tree and tell a story about, or just look at each other and smile. 

 

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One of our earliest arguments in married life came courtesy of the Romulan War Bird.  You see, Jeff is an avid Star Trek fan.  I don’t mind the show, but I don’t want alien spacecraft on my CHRISTMAS tree.  All the same, the Warbird is no longer confined to the back and the bottom.  Now its got its own place of honor, and it stands as a symbol of Peace On Earth….and in our household.  :) 

 

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Finally, this little guy was added this year.  We were blessed with our first home this year, so this was a no brainer for our first Christmas season in our new house.  I am sure in years to come, no matter where the Lord may lead, we will hang this on the tree and remember the Christmas of 2011. 

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I am linking this post up to Jolanthe’s Christmas Ornament Show and Tell!  Be sure to stop by No Ordinary Moments and check out all the other fun stories there! 

 

 

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