The Merry Christmas People

Across the street from our home on Lindsey Street and about four houses north there was a large vacant lot in the shape of an L which opened onto Lexington Ave. where there was a nicer than average home. The couple who lived in the house had a maid and her son who lived with them.  The maid did all kinds of work including taking care of the ten or twelve goats that lived in the vacant lot. Since that was all that the kids saw her do we called her the goat lady we meant no harm, we just didn’t know how to be correct. I always thought the family she lived with took advantage of her and worked her much too hard. I asked my mother why she lived like she did and why she had to work with the goats and live with those people.  Mother told me that she was not married when her son was born and her family threw her out of her home and these were the only people who would give her a place to live. Now times have changed and we look with a different view on such matters but can you imagine how much Mary must have suffered to be found with child before she and Joseph were married. Just think of the talk in her circle.  Even family and close friends would not believe a story like ‘Virgin birth.’ She must have spent a lot of weeping nights after hearing what people were saying about her and Joseph. I think we sometimes forget that what took place that two-thousand years ago was very real, it was not all angels singing and wise men brining gifts. There was a real cost to both Joseph and Mary for their service to the King. I wonder how many friends abandoned them and how many families refused to allow their children to play with Jesus. This was real; not some fairy tale written about in a child’s book, it was life, real life and I am certain that the cost which Joseph and Mary paid was greater than we can understand. We whimper and complain when things turn against us, even when we are wrong, we complain. It cost a lot for that family and for all the early believer who believed and followed Christ. I believe that we are going into a time when it is going to be ‘ugly’ to be a Christian, unpopular, we are going to be in the minority but that it a story for another day, today it is the Christ Season, and let it be said of us that we are the ‘Merry Christmas’ people, the followers of the Christ of Christmas whatever the cost. Let us weep tears not because people do not respect our beliefs but because that fail to see the greatest gift the world can ever know, Jesus, our Lord and our Savior.

Ivan

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Published in: on December 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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