Weekend Writing Warriors: Explaining Her ‘Situation’

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). In today’s selection, we’re jumping ahead three months. Joseph is at first happy to see Mary after she returns from visiting her relative Elizabeth; but that joy soon turns to something else as Mary finally shares with him her incredible destiny as the mother of the promised Messiah. Note, ‘malakhs’ means angels; and ‘Mashiac’ means Messiah.


It was a spacious room, not unlike his; it just struck him as odd that he was noticing all this now, as Mary was explaining her ‘situation’. Really, he didn’t know what else to call it, with all her talk of malakhs and the Mashiac. He was a good Jewish man, who believed in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and went to synagogue and prayed daily; but to believe his betrothed had been impregnated supernaturally?

Joseph’s eyes wander around the room, trying with all his might to shut Mary’s voice out. Just an hour earlier, it was all he wanted to hear; now, he can’t stand to hear it. She had betrayed him and expected him to believe this nonsense—an incredible feat, considering not even her parents believed her. He can see it in their expressions, their body language: Heli stands propped against the back wall, his hand covering his mouth, while Anna anxiously wrings hers, pacing back and forth, looking everywhere but him. If they don’t believe Mary, why should he?


Front CoverSpanning the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy, Full of Grace sets the foundation for the Christmas story. Chosen as God’s handmaiden for the purpose of bringing his salvation to the earth, Mary expects the honor and glory that accompanies such a title. She quickly finds this new status is not so easily received by those around her, especially Joseph, who cannot see she didn’t betray him. Left to face a bleak future alone, Mary learns what it means to be full of grace.


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10 thoughts

  1. You wonderfully depict any man’s anguish over learning such a thing. What a monumental hurdle to overcome to find belief.

    1. Thank you, Nancy. That’s why I wrote the story – most people gloss over the human part of it. Mary and Joseph were very human and reacted as such, I believe, until they found faith.

  2. You describe Joseph’s anguish well. What will it take for him to believe her? Can’t wait to read how he does.

  3. A fascinating take on the classic tale. I believe showing their human faults and fears makes them more accessible.

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