What About the Mothers-in-Law in the Christmas Story? Part 1

What About the Mothers-in-Law in the Christmas Story? Part 1

A Third Perspectiver married to a Palestinian-Israeli

A Third Perspectiver married to a Palestinian-Israeli

 
A Palestinian Christian Bethlehemite

A Palestinian Christian Bethlehemite

Goody Two Shoes:  You are not going to believe this, but last night Joseph came home and told us Mary, his fiancé, is pregnant!!! I was so shocked but I should have saved it because what came next topped the whole sorry tale...She (I can hardly utter her name-Mary)...she said God was responsible for getting her pregnant!!! How blasphemous!!! AS IF...Now I have heard some stories in the past about miracles and such, but this is ridiculous!

I always thought she (Mary) was a nice, obedient girl-a Godly one; she seemed so. Her Mother is lovely and now I will not be able to speak with her...Oh the shame; Oh the humiliation; Oh the horrors; Oh the gossip.

And my beloved son, Joseph, seems intent on going ahead with it and even says an angel spoke to him to take Mary as his wife. He’d better do it quickly before anybody knows!

Thank goodness we got the betrothal over with, BUT STILL…

Now there is a party and a baby and, on top of all that, a journey to Bethlehem so that all the relatives will know there as well. How could he do this to me? I could do with an angel right now.

Joseph and Mary seem to want us to believe this 'God story.' I suppose it's one way of covering up what they have been up to, although Joseph is such a good boy and always tells the truth and does the right thing. I hope she is not taking him for a fool, my poor boy. He is going to have to put his foot down with a madam like her.

Anyways, once this has passed there will be something else to gossip about and NOT with my family involved. Meanwhile, I’d better get busy preparing for my Grandson...They seem to think it's a boy...Don't tell me another angel told them!

Note: As a Mother of 4 boys, I cannot imagine them coming home saying God had impregnated their girlfriend (I wasn't born yesterday)!


Abbsi: The past few weeks have been very emotional, from the high of learning that Mary was engaged to Joseph, to now receiving news that no mother wants to hear of her daughter-she is pregnant out of wedlock!

This comes as such a shock, having raised Mary to be a strong woman, full of self-control and modesty. She never gave me any reason to worry.  I also found Joseph to be a respectable young man who I thought I could trust with my daughter’s life.  But that respect and trust has been betrayed.

To add to it all, they are claiming that God did this and the child is the Messiah!  Do they think that people will really believe that?  The “Messiah”-born to a simple family like our own?  Why would God want the “Messiah” to be brought into the world in a way that would bring such shame to us?

Obviously, they should get married and the sooner the better.  I will still feel very disappointed in them both but at least they can bring the baby into a home with both mother and father. I just hope Joseph will treat Mary well.

I must also tell them that the baby really doesn’t have to be the Messiah for me to love him or her.

What must Joseph’s mother be thinking? I wonder if she will even speak to me anymore?  There are so many things to think about and to prepare for now…

 

 
My Christmas Wish in the Darkness

My Christmas Wish in the Darkness

A Celebration of Light

A Celebration of Light