Mary’s best friend, Yana, and Joseph’s best friend, Mendel, succeed in getting their friends together. And so begins a betrothal period in anticipation of a Jewish wedding. Joseph and Mary get to know one another better during the betrothal, and love grows. Joseph is also hard at work on an addition to his home in preparation for Mary to take up residence there. Everyone’s plans change, however, when the angel Gabriel appears to Mary with the news that she will bear the Messiah. Mary’s pregnancy scandalizes the town, strains friendships, and threatens to end the betrothal. Mary humbly clings to the truth. Joseph is torn between his desire for justice and his love of Mary. Both their worlds are turned upside-down as they deal with gossip, betrayal, and broken dreams. Enter Gabriel again, this time with a message for Joseph, whose plan to divorce Mary is given up in favor of God’s plan. It’s a happy ending, in which Joseph and Mary rejoice in the fact that God’s plan is always far better than our own. About 45-50 minutes.
Continue the journey with Joseph and Mary as they make their way to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus in the sequel, “A Respectable Birth,” also by Kevin Stone.