02 Oct The Original Crisis Pregnancy (Mt 1:18-19) by Scott Casmer
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.” ~ Mt 1:18-19 (full readings)
Scott’s Reflections: As Christians, we hear the story of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on a regular basis. Many of us lose track of the true crisis they faced. A woman of that time was typically stoned to death if proven an adulterer. Joseph had to be convinced by the Holy Spirit that Mary had been true and was actually serving God. Think about that! They were both asked to take a truly historical leap of faith when life’s pressures were at their highest. Yet, as we know, they accepted God’s gift with open arms to the eventual benefit of all of mankind. What would have happened if they had made a different choice? It’s hard to comprehend the impact to history. For us today, this original crisis pregnancy is a great reminder about the importance of teaching the value of life to all who will listen.
* Scott Casmer was part of the original fellowship group that led to the formation of the LIFE Runners and is currently the Colorado Springs LIFE Runners chapter leader. Scott works at Schriever AFB and is married with two daughters..
Faith Challenge: Listen closely for God’s plan for you today and respond with a level of trust that reflects the faith demonstrated by Mary and Joseph.
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