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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: The Wonderful Unwanted Grandchild
By Colin Swann


Joseph’s parents had struggled with their son’s determination to marry Mary the pregnant Nazarene girl. His mother asked, “How can you marry her when it’s not your child she’s carrying?” He never did answer her that question.

Not long after, Joseph left his home village in Judea and went to Nazareth to marry Mary, his fiancée.

Whilst Jesus was still an infant his parents were directed by God to flee to Egypt for his safety. They eventually returned to Nazareth.

Mary’s parents had been extremely grateful that Joseph had wed their daughter Mary. In their gratitude her father put a proposition to Joseph: “Would you come and work as a partner in my carpentry business? We would also like to build living quarters for you as an annex to our home.” The young couple readily agreed.

Jesus adored his Granddad Joachim and Grandma Anne and really enjoyed the family mealtimes when they were all together and his dad and granddad would talk business. He also loved the smell of the timber in their workshop. His usual request was, “Can I sweep up the wood dust and chippings?” Then he would put it in bags to be used as bedding for Zammi (the firm’s donkey).

Granddad Joachim loved to take his grandson out of the village into the countryside. Sometimes they would camp out overnight. Some unusual things had happened on these outings.

One time granddad had asked, “Are you ready to eat?”

“Yes Granddad I’m famished!”

“Shall we go fishing then?”

“Oh, yes please!”

“You make a start with the fishing while I build up a fire.”

Jesus went down to the shore (a mere boy of nine) and stood there looking out to sea. Granddad was curious. He had seen Jesus peering out over the water and then shouting, “Kormma!” He seemed to be calling out to a friend.

He stood by the fire watching him. Suddenly, the lad stooped down and picked up a fish. It was as if it had been an honor for the fish to present itself as meal for him.

On another occasion when they went on a ramble into the hill country, they became very thirsty because of the strenuous climbing and the intense heat.

Jesus questioned, “Granddad, I’m really thirsty – is there a spring nearby?”

“It will not be long now; we are nearly at the spring of Pella. Very cool clear water at Pella!”

When they got within sight of the spring they witnessed a hind being attacked by a pack of wild dogs.

Two of the dogs were dragging the hind around by its rear legs. Jesus had run towards the fierce animals, pointed his finger at them and commanded them in a loud voice, “BE GONE!!” They looked at him as if terrified and made a hasty retreat.

The hind had tried to rise but it collapsed. Jesus went to the animal picked it up in his young arms - nuzzled it - put it down and off it ran.

Joachim had kept all this to himself as he didn’t want to be accused of fantasizing and telling tall stories.

In Judea, Joseph’s parents had been warming in their attitude to their grandson and his mother. They had pondered the story of wise and noble men coming from the east to worship this strange addition, and at one time unwanted member, to their family.

Over the past few years their son and family had visited them each time they came down to celebrate Passover. Now they were a family of five – Jesus had two younger sisters whom he cherished.

He and his siblings were very fond of Granddad Jacob-Heti and Grandma Ruth who always had gifts for them on their visits. One year they presented the children with a foal of an ass. They had many happy times riding on Jabba their donkey.

During these times in Judea they would also visit their relatives Elizabeth and Zechariah to see how they were getting on. The children enjoyed playing games with their son John. They loved to play at pretending to be a prophet. The girls would sit there and listen to the two young boys preaching and prophesying from some great rock.

Often, Jesus would lie in his bed at night and think about all the wonderful times he had enjoyed with his grandparents and then pray to his heavenly father, “Please keep them all safe from harm. Amen!”

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Debbie Wistrom04/10/08
Good for you! This was engaging, intriguing, tender and thought provoking. Thanks for telling a new story.
LauraLee Shaw04/10/08
I've never thought of this before. You painted a realistic picture.
Lollie Hofer04/11/08
You did a wonderful job of showing the human side of Jesus. It was entertaining. You could feel the love he had for his grandparents. Good point about the struggles Joseph and Mary would have faced where their reputations were concerned. Overall, a very enjoyable story.
Gregory Kane04/13/08
An intriguing take on an otherwise obscure childhood. I am uncomfortable with the miracles as Jesus is presented in the New Testament as coming out of obscurity at the age of 30 or so. Indeed the only (apocryphal) story of a miracle performed by the boy Jesus is recorded in the Quran. But in saying all that, I think there’s a lot of mileage in exploring the humanity of Jesus much as you have sought to do.
Helen Dowd04/15/08
I like that you used your imagination to tell this story. Since it is just a story, I think the use of imaginary happenings are good. I have a few questions, or comments, though. You mentioned about Jesus having two young sisters, but He also had younger brothers. You didn't mention them. Perhaps in your story they were not "in the picture" yet, but came later. Who knows? And one other point, and that is about the mention of Jesus and John playing together and visiting. John the Baptist and Jesus did not see each other--according to the Bible--until they met on the day that Jesus was baptized by John....Also, as one other person mentioned, nothing is said about Jesus performing miracles in His growing up years. As that person mentioned, Jesus came out of obscurity when He met John on the day of His baptism. But that's okay. You told the story well, and it was very enjoyable...After all, it WAS just a story, one to be enjoyed. Nice work...Helen
Colin Swann03/28/09
I know it's a bit late to leave a comment on my own article - but when Jesus did his first public miracle changing water into wine his mother had said to do has he had instructed. She must have already seen her lad perform around the home with his supernatural abilities.