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. This is the last week I am posting excerpts from my Christmas novel, Full of Grace (the full synopsis is below). Following last week’s selection, when the Roman soldiers arrived in Bethlehem, a decree has gone out: each man is to register in his hometown. Joseph and Mary undertake this journey, but as the time comes for Mary to give birth, Joseph struggles with the doubts that have been plaguing him lately: how was he going to be a father to the son of God?
Reminding himself of his father-in-law’s words, Joseph takes in a deep breath and kneels beside Mary. She leans into him, so he can take a closer look at the boy; he is small, pink and wrinkled, with a head full of black hair.
“Isn’t he beautiful?” Mary whispers.
Having been struck speechless, all Joseph can do is nod–foolishly, he had imagined the child would be born a man, with full wisdom and knowledge of his destiny; and maybe somewhere in his consciousness, the babe was aware of it. For now, though, he was simply a child, perfect in shape and form, just as G-d created him. He would fulfill his calling in time; until then, Joseph would accomplish his and be the boy’s father.
“What will you call him?” the woman asks.
“Jesus,” he replies, gently stroking the child’s head.