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December 2 - The Nativity: A Who’s Who
She is a young girl, maybe 13 years old. Mary was born in Nazareth a small town of 400 people, simple people, faithful not flashy. She is best described as obedient, devoted, and courageous.
Best friend: Elizabeth (her cousin)
Engaged to: Joseph (of Bethlehem)
Mary secretly wondered: How many daughters of priests and judges, and uppidy ups were asked to birth The Messiah before her.
Her friends all knew: Mary was always God’s first choice.
Mary’s favorite song: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47)
Mary was voted: Most likely to give birth to a savior
Mary’s latest Facebook status update: “As you wish.”
We don’t know how old Joseph is. Catholics say he was old, maybe 90, a widower (some think Mary could not have had any other children.) Protestants say that he was probably just a little bit older than Mary, maybe 20 or 25.
Joseph’s Hometown: Bethlehem, closer to the big city of Jerusalem and just under the shadow of the Herodium, a castle on a Mountain that Herod built to honor himself.
Engaged to: Mary (of Nazareth) though he had probably never met her before the engagement.
Joseph’s favorite song: “We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters
Joseph was voted: Most understanding and willing to change his mind
Joseph’s latest Facebook status update: “Thanks for the baby gifts, we’re heading for Egypt, don’t tell Herod.”
Mary and Joseph, an unlikely pair, called to take on an unbelievable task - raise the savior of the world. She is still obedient and faithful, he is forever humble and an ever-loving father. They’ve given all followers of their Jesus a beautiful and perfect of example of courage and faith.