Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Joseph and Mary (Matthew 1:18-19).

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.

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  • Says something that he didn’t, and not just because of her Son.

  • flat

    Yes Joseph, he really was a descent guy

  • flat

    completely off topic but I just saw that I have 2000 likes on slacktivist.

  • And I was just saying that I was waiting for this one.

    Young engaged woman gets pregnant by someone who isn’t her husband to be.  Unmarried pregnant woman married someone who isn’t the father of her child.

    It’s the Christmas story.

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh

    Don’t know why this took me so long to realize, but compare Luke 2:24 (Joseph & Mary offering a sacrifice for purification after Jesus’ birth) with Leviticus 12:6-8 (commandment about the purification ritual). “If she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons.”  Guess what J & M brought?  This is not only a story about an unwed mother, but about poverty.

  • Amaryllis


    When snow is shaken
    From the balsam trees
    And they’re cut down
    And brought into our houses

    When clustered sparks
    Of many-colored fire
    Appear at night
    In ordinary windows

    We hear and sing
    The customary carols

    They bring us ragged miracles
    And hay and candles
    And flowering weeds of poetry
    That are loved all the more
    Because they are so common

    But there are carols
    That carry phrases
    Of the haunting music
    Of the other world
    A music wild and dangerous
    As a prophet’s message

    Or the fresh truth of children
    Who though they come to us
    From our own bodies
    Are altogether new
    With their small limbs
    And birdlike voices

    They look at us
    With their clear eyes
    And ask the piercing questions
    God alone can answer.

     – Anne Porter

  • Alas I have no poems to share.
     Here’s something, but only the first verse is really Christmas related.

  • Ben English

    Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate, and everyone have a happy new year!

  • Will Hennessy

    I have had this thought as well. You would totally think that a guy whose mother conceived him out of wedlock, whose step-father was considering divorcing the woman for infidelity and then changed his mind and stayed with her anyway, perhaps that guy would grow up to be about love and forgiveness rather than judgment. And perhaps his half-brothers would as well (James and Jude).

    Also,  I recently learned that a couple in my town who work together are having a child together and getting married. The thing is, she already has a kid….from the guy’s brother. So her kids will not only be half-brothers, they’ll be first cousins.

    I’d say I don’t live in the Deep South, but it’s hard to tell this part of my home state from the South sometime….

  • Long ago now, Arlo Guthrie put it well in his Wedding Song (on “Outlasting the Blues”):

    “O Mary, wrapped up in glory
    What’re you gonna tell your groom?
    How will he feel on the day of your wedding?
    What will your friends assume?
    Ah, but Joseph and Mary were married
    The Angels carried the news–
    What the Lord has joined together
    The world must not undo.”