Merry Christmas everyone …

I’m a real sucker for a love story … watching a happy ever after warms the romantic in me and fills my soul with optimism, like listening to a baby laugh …

So … I have been watching The Nativity on BBC … my curiosity was piqued, wondering how they would portrait this historic tall tale, so getting into the season of it all, I managed to catch a few episodes … out of sequence (but I know how the story goes).  One thing that really hit me when watching the series (other than the nice pale British actors that had dark make-up on trying to make themselves look like locals in Bethlehem but all with blue eyes) … I digress … The thing that really hit me, was that Joseph must have loved Mary … REALLY loved her.  It would have been incredibly difficult for Joseph, when his young (some say between 13 – 16 years of age) “good-girl” fiancé came to him and told him “Joseph, I am with child” (or words to that affect) and then go on to explain how she came to be so.  Imagine what he was thinking??  I mean would you believe her?  Over and above all the feelings of betrayal and hurt, he would have been dishonoured in his family and Mary would have brought shame to his family’s house.  That would have been HUGE for 1BC.  There would have been no couple’s therapy or understanding community, even his family would have turned their back on him.  He would have been very welcome to return, but only if he did so alone.  Imagine what an easy way out that would have been?
And Mary … when they showed a scene in the market where the women of the village turned on her and her mother and started stoning a very pregnant woman … it is shocking to see that that is exactly what would have happened and sadly still does in some parts of the world today.  Sobering to watch the reality …
Eventually Angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph in his dreams and tried to calm the confusion and compose his troubled mind … but still Joseph must have wrestled with what could have been quick and easy before he finally accepted, fortunately, what was his divine destiny.  Joseph must have loved Mary and eventually he must have taken her hand, not because it was what her father had desperately asked of him, but because he loved her
Whether we care, understand or believe in this particular love story … you have to admit Joseph showed bottle and that has to be admired … he showed up and stepped up!
So what have I learned … harden not your hearts … be open to the love, so our Divine Destinies can unfold …
Merry Christmas everyone …      Love you all madly …    
Warm regards … Collette in Cape Town
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