dear diary — 3rd day of iyyar

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* This post is the second in a “dear diary” series from Luke 1-2.  The first post is here.
** The first “dear diary” series is here.


3rd day of Iyyar, 8:30 pm

Dear Diary,

There are a few things that have been on my mind, and I need to get ’em down on paper before I forget.  Disjointed I’m sure, but here goes:

  • So I walk into the temple to burn incense — we’re talking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, in a real holy place.  Everybody’s all quiet and praying outside; it’s a really solemn occasion.  I remember how quiet it was because I was thinking about doing that thing on the other side of the altar of incense — you know, the thing where I make it look like I’m walking down steps into a basement or something?  Yeah, I was thinking about whether or not I should do it (just in case anyone was peeking), and that’s when I saw him.  Gabriel — only I didn’t know his name at the time — the angel.  I just about peed my robe and tunic.  And that’s when he says… get this, he says, “Don’t be afraid.”  Uhm… yeah.  Okay.  Earth to Jerusalem… hello, we have a problem.  And Gabriel, when you decide you’d like to join us in the real world, let us know.  We’ll call you a flying taxi cab.  I’m staring at an angel in the flesh — and he says, “Don’t be afraid.” **rolling eyes**
  • Alright, so everyone knows the story now.  Gabriel tells me all about how there’s gonna’ be a son born to Lizzie and he’s gonna’ be like Elijah, full of the Spirit and preparing the way for the Lord.  So, my wife being what they call in Latin a “highnumerogenarian,” I says (and I quote), “How can I be sure of this?  I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”  That’s when Gabriel finally introduces himself.  Yep, we exchange names just before he tells me he’s going to take away my ability to speak.  Says I didn’t believe him.  But I was just asking for clarification.  And besides that, he took away my hearing without even telling me he was going to; he said I’d be mute — not a word about deaf.  Though I will concede that it’s at least possible he told me he’d remove my hearing, but only after it was already gone.  That’s real fair.
  • Oh, and remember how Gabriel told me not to be afraid?  Yeah, exactly.  “There’s nothing to be afraid of… I only have the power to speak on behalf of the living God.  Well, that and the ability to take away all your senses.”  You better believe I’m going to make water in my tunic the next angel I see. **not joking**
  • So here’s my beef (though all is well and I am a blessed man today) and really why I’m writing:  I was talking to Lizzie’s cousin, Mary, yesterday, and she says she did nearly the same thing.  Gabriel (same guy) went through almost the same spiel with her: “Don’t be afraid… yada yada… you’re going to have a son, and so on.”  Then she said it.  Almost the same words as me (minus the virgin bit).  “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”  Boom.  There it is.  Doubt, questioning, disbelief.  But you know what Mary got for it?  Nada, zilch, zippo.  Gabriel — get this — answered her question; he explained to her how it would happen.  She wasn’t struck blind, deaf, or dumb.  She gained a lot of weight, but that had nothing to do with angels or curses.  [Well, maybe the curse on Adam and Eve in the very beginning…]
  • Last thing:  Whose idea was it to call people who can’t speak “dumb?”  That just doesn’t seem fair.  I much prefer the word “mute,” and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.  There’s probably a whole slew of people with me on this.  I suppose you could call us the… silent majority?

That’s all I’ve got tonight, Diary.  Goodnight.


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10 responses to “dear diary — 3rd day of iyyar

  1. I really believe Luke met Mary and got the insider scoop from her! Imagine how those conversations went.

    • i’ve found that we rarely (or i, at least) think of characters in the bible as being “regular” people who had conversations with one other and played cards. that’s one of the reasons i like writing these “dear diary” things…

  2. Poor Zach, had quite a time.
    Wonder how he managed for 9 months. It would be hard for me to be mute for a day.

  3. “I remember how quiet it was because I was thinking about doing that thing on the other side of the altar of incense — you know, the thing where I make it look like I’m walking down steps into a basement or something?”
    I was just trying to imagine that. *lol*

    I don’t know how I would react if an angel appeared in front of me. But I certainly would be afraid too! 😉

    • i like to think zechariah had a sense of humor. of course i like to think most every bible character had a sense of humor. i like senses of humor.

      wonder if gabriel has one…?

  4. Zee

    was Zechariah deaf? i think he was just mute, ‘cuz when people were talking about the name for the kid, Zechariah somehow understood that and motioned for the tablet to write upon… *shrug*

    love these “Dear Diary” series of yours. they definitely help to take a new look at the familiar stories and make Bible a book that is alive, not just a bunch of legends.

    • i’ll admit, zee, that i could have misunderstood the text. but in luke 1:62 it sounds like he couldn’t hear (no pun intended):

      “then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.”

      glad you like the “dear diary” posts. i’m enjoying them myself. though i do feel kind of like there may not be a whole lot of point to them… except to look at the whole thing fresh. i guess i do intend to have kind of a “wrap-up” post at the end of them, containing what i learned. now i’m just rambling out loud….

      • Zee

        hmmm… that does make sense… not sure how i managed to miss that verse…

        i guess that contradicts your previous post then, because there Zach talks to Mary on the phone 😀 (or at least listens to the message)

        i think the very “making the whole thing fresh” is a great point. that is the very reason why the Message Bible is so popular – it talks about the Truth in simple understandable terms. that’s what your Dear Diary series are sort of like too.

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