CHRISTMAS GREETINGS
Poems and Comments written by Mina Arnold Young


THE GREATEST GIFT
    The greatest gift the world has known
      Came not in wrappings gay.
    But bundled up in swaddling clothes
      And cradled on the hay.
    No candles glowed, no welcome bells
      From lofty steeples rang,
    But in the sky, that holy night
      A choir of angels sang.

    'Mid plans for gifts and food and fun

      And lighted trees so tall
    Let's not forget to honor Christ
      The greatest gift of all!
® Copyright 1998
candle Mina Young

Baby Jesus
LOOKING FOR JESUS
Few were looking for Him
When he came to earth
Though down through the ages
God foretold his birth
    There were humble shepherds
    Out upon the plain
    Happy when they heard the
    Angels glad refrain
Wise men watched the heavens
In a land afar.
Promptly journeyed to Him
When they saw His star.
    Few were looking for Him--
    Is it now, as then?
    Who'll be looking for Him
    When He comes again?

What Think Ye of Christ?


Mary's relationship to Joseph my opinion

It's time to set the record straight regarding the relationship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to her husband, Joseph. It seems popular nowadays to speak of Mary as Joseph's fiancee, which definitely creates a wrong impression.

Luke 2:5, King James Version, refers to Mary as Joseph's "espoused wife." This wording was used because it was the custom in those days not to consider a couple married until the marriage had been consummated. Matthew 1 states that an angel appeared to Joseph and told him not to be afraid to take unto him his wife. It goes on to say that "he took unto him his wife, and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son." Jesus could not have been born of a virgin if Mary had not been a virgin when He was born!

In our day, Joseph and Mary would have been considered legally married. Let's not let a misunderstanding of Bible time customs and wording give the false impression that God condones living together before marriage!


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