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Unexpected Angelic Announcement

What would your response be today
If unexpected news came your way
Mary, a virgin, to Joseph engaged
By Jewish law binding as marriage

Mary was with child by the Holy Spirit
When Joseph, a righteous man, heard it
He determined to put her away secretly
Not wanting to disgrace her publicly

An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream
This was the message that he gave to him
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid
To take Mary as your wife,” he said

“For that which has been conceived
In her is of the Holy Spirit,” he said
She will bear a Son, call His name Jesus
He will save His people from their sins

This took place to fulfill prophecy by the Lord
“Behold the virgin shall be with child,” as told
“And they shall call His name Immanuel,”
“God with us” in the flesh with man to dwell

Joseph arose from his sleep and took Mary as his wife
Kept her a virgin until the Son in her womb brought life
They called Him Jesus obeying the angel's command
His destiny the cross, paying for all the sins of man

At the beginning of the poem, I asked a question
This year, I faced such an unexpected situation
After over sixteen years at the same company
My position was downsized the end of February

God continues to supply my needs from day to day
With help of unemployment benefits along the way
Grateful for prayers and support of my church family
Only God knows the future in my job search journey

In October, an issue with unemployment resurfaced
From a four-day temp job end of March I accepted
Potential penalty of thirteen week benefit reduction
Telephone hearing with Judge to make determination

© Carol S. for Christmas 2011

Based on Matthew 2:18-25, Isaiah 7:14, and phrase from
John 1:14 at end of 5th stanza.

NOTE:  See poem entitled Telephone Hearing and Decision
for the outcome.

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