The Story of Christmas
Day 5 Reading:
by Raymond Chapman
The shock, the sorrow,
the surge of anger,
the desire to hurt the loved one who seemed faithless-
did the black rage shake him when it was first made known?
But love prevailed,
stronger than resentment;
there would be no scandal, no shaming, only a quiet ending
before the long years of loneliness after a hope that had failed.
Unquiet sleep, broken dreams,
came after a day of bitter decisions;
then a new vision, prompting, comforting, challenging-
something unheard, undreamed by any dreamer;
even Joseph of Egypt was never so highly favored.
There was no turning back on the command of God
though the calling baffled sense, defied language,
found no answer in the familiar, loved religion.
Only a love too faithful for consummation
could make ready for a holy birth.
In Nazareth gossips whispered, sniggered, pointed:
a dusty road lay open towards Bethlehem.
Your vision will only become clear when you look inside your heart…
Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -Carl Jung
Joseph changes direction overnight in a dark conversion…
Joseph is awakened by his dream.
– Suzanne Guthrie, At the Edge of the Enclosure Blog
Joel 2:28-29 and Acts 2:17-18
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
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