The 12 Gifts of Christmas, #10- Mary and Joseph

On each of the twelve days leading up to Christmas*, I am giving a gift** to someone*** who really deserves it. This must be how Oprah**** feels.

I have a theory that music media just alternates between circles and rectangles. The last four major ways that music has been stored are records (circle), cassette tapes (rectangle), CDs (circle), and iPod (rectangle). I plan on using this information to get really rich. Here’s my idea: Make something round that stores and plays music in a better way than an iPod. If you’d like to get in on the ground floor of this endeavor, I could use cash donations for research. (Research= iPods, iTunes purchases, Bose speaker systems, etc.)

When I was about twelve years old, my dad gave me GLAD’s Christmas album (it was a rectangle, of course) and I listened to it constantly through four straight Decembers. This week when I sat down to write about Mary and Joseph one song from that album started running through my head and I realized I could never paint the picture of their emotional journey better than Bob Kauflin already did when he wrote One Quiet Moment.

One quiet moment, on a star-clustered night,
Two weary travelers knew an end was in sight;
So the soon-to-be mother, grasped her husband’s strong hand,
And paused to remember where the journey began.

Nine months of yearning filled with joy and with pain;
He almost had left her, but then chose to remain
Close by the woman he had not even kissed,
Who would bear him a son that would never be his.

And in one quiet moment, a woman and man
Accepted the part they would have in God’s plan;
To give up His glory, and be born as a man.
In one quiet moment.

They dreamed of the times they would spend with their son,
Taking trips through the hillsides and watching Him run.
And some days the fingers that had fashioned the stars,
Would reach out to hold them when the walk was too far.

They wrestled with knowing that His life would bring change;
Their friends would grow distant, and shun them as strange.
Though they tried not to think it, in their hearts they were sure,
That their baby was destined to die for the world.

And in one quiet moment, a woman and man
Accepted the part they would have in God’s plan;
To give up His glory, and be born as a man.
In one quiet moment, one quiet moment.

And in one quiet moment they could suddenly hear
Thousands of angels singing so clear;
“Glory to God, His Salvation is near!”
In this one quiet moment
In this one quiet moment
One quiet moment.

Mary and Joseph received several gifts that first Christmas: visits from angels, free lodging in Bethlehem, and the gifts from the wise men probably went a long way in paying for their unexpected move to Egypt. If I could give them one more it would be the end of the story. I know their lives must have seemed crazy with a new baby, taxes, and moving all over the place, but God had a plan. I hope they knew.


*Not the twelve days of Christmas, we’ve been over this already.
**In reality no gifts will be given. This is a hypothetical sort of thing designed to increase traffic on this website.
***Contest open to legal residents of planet earth and 18 or older to win unless I decide to give a gift to a minor or extraterrestrial. No purchase necessary, although purchases will definitely increase chances of winning. Some restrictions apply, like the fact that there is not an actual prize.
****Oprah Winfrey does not necessarily endorse this blog or the contents therein although I’m sure she would enjoy it. Oprah, if you’re reading, an endorsement would be appreciated…and a new car.


About Jeff Postlewaite

high school principal since '07, father since '04, teacher since '03, husband since '03, sound tech since '96, UVA fan since '92, gadget junkie since '89, Christian since '88, Giants fan since '84, golfer since '83, brother since '83, human since '81

Posted on December 23, 2011, in 12 Gifts for Christmas and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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