Welcome back! It feels a bit funny to me, posting smack in the middle of a week like this – I’ve never done it before! But there’s a first time for everything, right? 😀 And what better time to do it than around Christmas! The days are rapidly slipping by, and we’re on the final countdown now! I am rather excited. 😀 (that’s an understatement).
So, in honour of my first Christmas in the blogging world, I’m going to be posting parts of a Christmas story that I wrote on the next few days leading up to Christmas. I actually wrote this story almost exactly 2 years ago. My littlest sister was newly born, and I had babies and Christmas on the brain. 😀 And of course, what better way to combine the two than by writing a story about the first Christmas! I’ve done a bit of editing to it in order to prepare it to be posted on here. My writing style has matured and changed in the past two years, so I felt it needed a bit of an update. But the majority of the story stands as it did, two years ago. I hope and pray that this story will encourage and bless you this Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of the greatest gift ever given to the world, Jesus Christ.
Now without further ado, may I present to you: He Found Favour in Her
(Part 1) The Message
Dawn crept over the trees towards the village of Nazareth. The great blue bowl of sky slowly turned from dark blue, to purple, to pink, as the sunrise tinged the edges with fiery red and orange. A girl of about fifteen slipped out of a house with a large, earthen jar, and made her way to a well just outside the village.
As she walked along the dusty road, she revelled in the silence, breathing in the crisp morning air. When she reached the well, she lowered her jar into it and filled it to the brim.
Bringing it back up, she briefly rested it on the edge of the well, before lifting it, dripping, to her shoulder. She turned back towards home but then stopped abruptly.
She was face to face with a man.
Startled, she jumped, and then shrank back. The man wasn’t like any other man she’d ever seen. Dressed all in white, he seemed to glow, and an aura of light surrounded his head.
Her dark eyes dilated into pools of fear, and she slowly lowered the jar and pressed back against the well.
“Greetings Mary, O favoured one. The Lord is with you.”
Questions came into the girl’s eyes, but she remained silent. Who-what is this man, and what does he want?
“Do not be afraid Mary.” His voice was soft and kind, yet strong. “For you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Thoughts raced through Mary’s head during the strange man’s speech. I will have a baby, a son? He will be Son of the Most High? Son of God? Who is this man? How will I have a son?
She looked at him, fear and questions mingling in her heart, then summoned up the courage to ask a question of this strange, smiling man.
“How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God.”
This must be an angel! Who else could speak so?
Then seeming to answer another unspoken question in Mary’s eyes, the angel went on “Behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.” Elizabeth? A son? Impossible! She is over 60 years old!
“For nothing is impossible with God.”
Nothing is impossible with God… Sinking to her knees, Mary replied “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” She bowed her head, and when she looked up, the angel was gone.
I have seen….I have seen an angel! Thoughts spun like a whirlwind in her head. Then suddenly they were all stilled by a single lightning strike of fear.
How can I tell my parents… and Joseph?
See you back here tomorrow for part 2! 🙂