by Ron Clarkson

Joseph – A Christmas Story

Welcome: Thank you for choosing to celebrate Christmas with us here at Oakdale. I hope you have enjoyed the evening and I trust that as we continue tonight that this will be a Christmas Eve that you will remember as being special to you and your family. Tonight we are going to go back in history to the time of the pregnancy of Mary leading up to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Will you join me in prayer.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we thank you for the joy of the season. The excitement of the children, the warmth of loved ones, and the appreciation we show each other thru the sharing of gifts. Will you show us tonight another special gift. Will you take us back in our minds eye some 2,000 years and allow us to see the sights, hear the sounds and feel the emotions that surrounded the birth of your Holy son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Take us back now as we look at feelings, emotions and plain of a man named Joseph. Joseph the carpenter, Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Christ.'1 Amen

(The monologue opens with Joseph in a Palestinian home and he is addressing another person - who is imaginary - , Mary his fiancée, sitting in the same room.)

What do you want me to do Mary? What am I supposed to do? I can't even show my face in the market. All my friends, all the men on my crew at the job sight, I know what they are saying at break time. Do you hear what the neighbors are saying? They are mocking me, they are mocking you and I hate it. I get so angry I start to shake and it gets to the point to where I'm afraid I'm going to lose it, I don't even trust myself. But then again, there's not much I can trust, is there Mary?

This is tearing my heart out Mary. I haven't slept a wink since you told me. I lie awake at night, I stare at the darkness and my body shakes and I begin to sweat. I lay there in agony praying for the sun to come up but when it does I think about how I have to face all those peopl ...

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