Friday, January 1, 2016

Mary Letters - Day 32

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,"
which means, "God is with us." When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25 

Dear Aunt Elizabeth,
The child seems hungry all the time, and it seems to be that all I do is feed him. All the advice is confusing and we are up all night because he needs to feed. He is gaining weight ans strength by the hour, which make my heart proud and negates some of the exhaustion I feel. I try to left Joseph sleep most nights but he seems to wake anyway, as soon as the baby cries. He is such a good father, and tries to be as much help as possible. He doesn't shy away from changing the boy and even seems to enjoy carrying him around and bouncing him so I can rest. 
We keep hearing rumors of political troubles. The city is emptying out somewhat because people seem to be afraid of the king. They say he is irrational and vain, childish and cruel. I am so glad we won't be here much longer and I can return home to Momma and Daddy. I miss them so. Cousin Zeke was traveling through and brought us word from my folks, which made me happy and sad at once. I am so glad they are well, but I so want them to see this wondrous little boy. I know it will be better when we return, as God will find a way forward for us. I just wish I was home now.

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