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I am by no means a scriptorian.  I tend to pull-out feelings, and ways to change my life — rather than getting into the nitty-gritty of the stories.  This isn’t to say that I don’t read them.  I read them religiously {he, he} — every morning (weekday mornings, not so great on the weekends) and I keep a little notebook on thoughts of how I can change to become a better me.  I find it centers myself to get onto the hectic day.

So, last Sunday, when they announced in church that they were challenging us to “become closer to Christ” by doing some scripture reading of His life along with reading Jesus the Christ I was a bit leary, but firm in my stance to DO IT.  It’s a fair amount.  I’d say it’s 1/2 an hour every day and I’m a pretty fast reader.

This week has taken us through the mission of Christ, the prophetic annoucements that He would come, Mary and Joseph being told He would come, John the Baptist birth and finally Jesus’ birth.  So, what have I learned?
1.  James E Talmadge is much smarter than I, especially those first few chapters.  YEESH, the guy should’ve gone easy on us for the first few.  I can see why a lot of people start that book and never finish.  It’s getting better, less ginormous words… but yowza.  The notes are pretty interesting, but man — they must be in like 8 point font.
2.  In retrospect, everything on this earth led-up to the moment of the sweet babe’s birth.  The annoucements, the thoughts, the feelings, the sacrifices… all for that baby.  I don’t think I’d ever really thought of it that way, but the whole world hoped He would come, and He did.  It’s a great lesson in faith.
3.  The story of John the Baptist’s birth is amazing, and such a story for all of us to learn something from.  His father was obviously a great man, and one with amazing religious conviction — and yet he didn’t believe –and God didn’t take it easy on him.  All the thoughts that must have gone through his head while his wife was pregnant, and oh the release once he was able to talk.  I hadn’t thought much of that story.  I also wonder if his wife ever had heavenly messengers.  Thoughts?
4.  The story of Joseph and Mary is one we concetrate on, and I don’t think I gleaned anything amazing about that.  I had some very tender feelings about it last year (I think most pregnant women do).  I did like the insight that Mary knew that the Christ child was coming, and perhaps many young teenage girls sat around wondering who the mother would be… and she was chosen.  I still have wonderings about the immaculate conception — but the book didn’t dwell on that at all, what a shame. :)
5.  I’m glad that we’ve kind of “ramped-up” the whole nativity scene.  It sounds like we really don’t know much about what we throw into there — the Wise Men (how many, at what point did they come), no room at the inn — and while it might be historically inaccurate I think we all learn some things from this story.

Anyway, those were my thoughts for the week.  We’re basically reading a chapter (or two) of Jesus the Christ each day along with a few scripture verses.  If anyone is interested in the readings, I can probably poke my friend into emailing them to me.  Beware, it’s not an easy read.  I have to do it before lunchtime if I have any chance of concentrating.  But what else is new?

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    Don’t know if you’ve heard- we’re doing a little discussion group about the readings on Thursday mornings from 9:15-10:15. Next week it’s at Pili’s. It’s invite only (to keep it smaller and non-contentious), but you’re totally invited. (And if anyone else reading this wants to be invited, let me know.:) )

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