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The reminder from Christmas… Mary… Joseph… Jesus… I see them each time I go to the sink…

Mary and Joseph… said Yes to God… a Yes that made them outcasts among family and friends… a pregnancy out of wedlock… Joseph marries anyway… society assumes… judges… rejects…

I’m currently reading Luke… as a mentor for confirmation… the passage…

…runs through my mind… as I wash dishes… then I imagine the trail of gossip that surely ensued…

Who knows… let me tell you… 
they were engaged… but…
Mary was found to be…
can you imagine…
Joe married her… why…?
the families… so upset…
he must be the father…
or a fool…

Similar conversations… I’ve heard countless… been a part of way too many… chatter about others… judgmental… critical…

A reminder…  we don’t know… we don’t know what’s in the heart… we don’t know God’s plan… the work He is up to in the lives of others…

We don’t know…

But we do know… each life… precious to Him… a treasure worth dying for…

In truth…
every woman… a Mary…

every man… a Joseph… 

each life… one in which God longs for His Son to be born…

A reminder… consider others — whoever — with… grace… love… honor… God is at work…

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.
2Corinthians 5:16

Lord Jesus… forgive me when I drag Your treasures through the gutter of gossip… when I judge the work of Your hands… Your work in progress… My latest offense… a celebrity… lost… broken… yet still one for whom You died… and long to save… Transform my heart… to be like Yours…

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