Based on Scripture, bathed prayerful speculation, and injected with reflective humor and some my thoughts, Mary and Joseph's Untold Story will make you think, laugh, and maybe cry. You may not change any of your preconceived notions of Christmas, but you will re-examine them.
I don't believe the first Christmas was the cute, cuddly, and comfortable scene that is played out every year through children’s pageants, the front of Christmas cards, and Christmas Eve worship every December 24th. But then I thought, “What was it like? What might have really happened?” Scripture doesn’t tell us much. “Mary and Joseph’s Untold Story” is about what might have happened between the lines. In other words, we know what Matthew and Luke wrote, but what didn’t they tell us and why? And what did they or didn’t they know since Mary was their only reliable source. Did they filter her words for the sake of brevity or did much of what happened for a year and half to two years after the birth of her first born remain in her heart, never to be told? Was her story and Joseph’s not seemingly important? These are some of the mysteries I have explored. The book is a work of fiction! It is not a theological treatise on the birth of the Christ. It is not a commentary on what Matthew and Luke wrote or what they really meant. There is very little theology anywhere in the book. I wanted to know is what happened where nothing was written and what were the human and emotional reactions of Mary and Joseph when God decided to rock their world.
Mary and Joseph’s story is a love story, pure and simple. It's the story of a young couple that overcame obstacles you never dreamed of. We have a hero every girl dreams of meeting. We have a heroine every girl admires. And we have every trope, emotion, and roadblock to wedded bliss you could ever fathom. Matthew and Luke wrote the outline that R. Marshall Wright has turned it into the greatest love story ever told.
But how do we say? It's complicated. Let me ask you a few questions. What if your name was Mary, and an angel appeared to you and told you that you would have God’s baby? What if you were fourteen years old? What if you weren’t married? What if your name was Joseph, and you were engaged to Mary? What if you hadn’t been intimate with her and you found out she’s pregnant? What do you do with the girl you thought you loved who is having a baby by another man? What do you do when that same angel tells you to marry her? What do you do when you’ve done the right thing and everyone hates you? What do you do when they call your wife a whore and a slut? What do you do when you move and there’s no place to stay? How do you tell your very pregnant wife she will stay in a barn? How do you comprehend lowly shepherds and regal Magi coming to see your baby? How do you tell a young mother, at two in the morning, to pack her things because we’re leaving for Egypt? How do you deal with the death of 65 babies so your baby can live? Are you beginning to get idea?
So, other than the historical facts, did anything in my book ever happen? Who knows. It might have. I can’t really say I’m right. That’s why it is creative non-fiction.
My sole purpose is to try to create a good story and get you to think. Perhaps revisit some of your preconceived notions about the cuteness, cuddliness, and comfortableness of the first Christmas.
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