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Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)
TITLE: The Wonderful Unwanted Grandchild
By Colin Swann
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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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