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  • Larry Payne

A Disgrace?

In the Christmas story, we find some emotions that never make it to our pageants. We prefer beautiful angels, worshipping shepherds, and donkey rides. If we read closely, however, we find some dark threads. One is the reality of disgrace and scorn that Joseph felt. His betrothed was pregnant! Scandal would follow immediately to blemish two families. Something had to be done. It's good to pause and reflect on our own reactions. Disgrace and shame come to us sometimes, a consequence of our own actions or those we care about. How can we respond? I dig into the story and how we can bring helps to our own lives in the podcast episode "From Shamed to Blessed," available on the Podcast page. Enjoy--and Merry Christmas!

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