Friday, December 27, 2013

No Darkness At All

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us-- we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:1-9

Joseph's diary entry 2

So everywhere I go they ask about the baby. Word has gone out that the shepherds got a divine message and now everyone wants to see him. We are still housed in the stable, as the city is thronged with people. The government hasn't made it easy, everybody arriving at the same time and no directions as to where we go to register. Right now it is a waiting game. so gossip and talk are a great commodity. Everybody is curious about our son. The rumors are amazing - that he is magic, that he is surrounded by angels and light, that he can cure the sick - meanwhile, I am just trying to keep Mom and baby safe and fed. The innkeeper's wife has been very kind
and brings food to Mary all the time. She sits with her and advises her on baby care. She acts like a mother to Mary, which she needs right now, since I don't know what to do most of the time.

The days have been mild for which I am grateful. The stable is cool at night but we are relatively comfortable. Most of the animals are in outside pens so we aren't overwhelmed by their noise or smell. The women want Mary to rest and heal, but she seems ready to walk around and get back home. I try to caution her to be patient, because until we have completed our civic duty, we are somewhat captive here. She might as well rest as much as possible while we have the chance.

I really don't know what God has in store for us, so I try to keep calm and prayerful. It seems that revelations come in due time, and nothing ahead is clear yet. Maybe I will dream our course and timing. Maybe - God always has another surprise for us.

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