Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. For the next few weeks in honor of the upcoming holiday, I’m going to post excerpts from my Christmas novel, Full of Grace (the full synopsis is below), which tells the story of Mary and Joseph, as they are called of God to become the parents of Jesus Christ. It takes a humanistic look at the young couple and their relationships with the people around them, including Anna and Heli, Mary’s parents. In today’s selection, Mary has shared with her parents the incredible words the angel spoke over her, but they do not react the way she expected them to.
Anna closes the gap between them, Heli behind her, and asks, “How will this be? How can you become pregnant without having relations with a man?” Her voice is considerably lower.
The mirth in Mary’s eyes disappears.
“He said the Holy Spirit will come on me and fill my womb with the son of Adonai,” Mary responds, meekly.
“That is blasphemy, Mary,” Heli advises, the edge back in his voice; he looks around, as though someone might hear them. “You are smart enough to know you ought not speak that way.”
“But you taught us to pray,” Mary pleads, turning to Anna, “’I am available to you, Adonai…’”
Anna wants to believe Mary: after all, this was her sensible, obedient child with a practical head on her shoulders; she had never been one for fantastic stories, so why was she telling them now?