Merry Christmas


The Birth of Jesus:

The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—’God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:

Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).

Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

Matthew 2:18-25.

8 thoughts on “Merry Christmas”

  1. Merry Christmas Dan Tdaxp and family, may your Yule-Tide feast be great. Let us lift our cups for good harvests and for peace in the coming year.


  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    I like the rough-edged translation. Very business-like and simple.

    Thank God for St. Joseph, a good man who was tough and brave when no one was looking. Not immaculately conceived, weak and normal like us. An inspiration for us all.

  3. Merry Christmas, and a happy new year, in this beautiful holiday season! 🙂

    I love games, and this Christmas had many of them. I taught my mom, aunt, and cousin mahjongg [1], and then Lady of tdaxp and I learned the rules of Chinese Army Chess [2] with a set given to us by her father.

    Another valuable lesson I learned this Christmas: just because you can eat Sichuanese food does not mean you can survive Buffalo Wild Wings ‘Blazin’ hot wings!


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