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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Clare Revell

The First Christmas by Clare Revell

The tall carpenter stood in the stable, looking down at the tiny newborn baby in his arms. Mary, his wife, lay exhausted on the pile of straw beside him. He loved her so much, didn’t think they’d have make it. Especially with everywhere full and Mary in labour. He’d never tell anyone how scared he was the last few hours. And as for delivering the baby himself...

He shuddered. He’d done it, but never again. He sat down slowly, the babe still sleeping peacefully in his arms. The angel said this babe was the son of God. It wasn’t his flesh and blood; he knew that. He’d known for months. He’d been ready to divorce Mary, furious that she’d cheated on him, but the angel had set him right on that score. His faith and love for the woman next to him wasn’t misplaced or in vain.

He stroked the babe’s cheek. “I will protect you, love you, raise you as much as any children I may have in the future with your mother.” He took a deep breath. “Lord, where do I, a mere carpenter, fit into this plan You have? I’m a can I be a father to the Son of God? I know nothing about children or raising them. Surely a rabbi would have been a better choice. I don’t even know the scriptures as much as some men.”

The babe began to cry and he rocked him gently. “Shhh, my son. Let mamma sleep a little longer. She had a hard time birthing you.” For an instant it seemed all the light went from the room, then as the crying lessened the light returned.

Mary stirred. “ he okay?”

He smoothed Mary’s hair from her face. “He’s fine, he’s gone back to sleep. Rest, my love, I’ve got him.”

Mary smiled. “You’re a good father. We don’t deserve you. Any other man would have cast us out.”

He kissed her forehead. “You’re my wife, and he’s my son. That’s what matters.”

“God sent you to me, Joseph,” she whispered. “He wanted you to raise His son here on Earth.”

He looked down at the baby. “A son of my love,” he whispered. “Lord, help us protect your son and help him fulfill his destiny.”


About the Author: Clare lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from a early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan-fiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, reading, sewing or keeping house or doing the many piles of laundry her children manage to make, she's working part time in the breakfast club at one of the local schools.

She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of three registrars.

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Her Christmas release this year is Time's Arrow.

Touching a milestone, Jonni Peterson is catapulted through time into a world both familiar and strange. Finding herself in Victorian England, she discovers love in the most unexpected place— at the feet of the man whose carriage knocked her down.

Lord Sebastian Tyler needs to remarry, but preferably not a woman of his mother’s choosing. The woman his carriage runs over both irritates and fascinates him. Could she be the answer to his prayers?

Will the arrow of love find them both before time runs out and the portal to the present reopens?

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Leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a copy of Time's Arrow.


Jean P said...

Your blurb for your book sounds very interesting, making a note of it on my wishlist. Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Debby said...

Merry Christmas. I was able to visit England this summer and I loved the churches.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Delia Latham said...

Oh, Clare, what a beautiful, beautiful post! I love it - it brought tears to my eyes. The more of your work I read, the more impressed I am!

Clare Revell said...

Thank you Jean. Merry Christmas to you too.

Merry Christmas Debby. Yeah, there is something about the churches here. Mine has stained glass windows.

Thanks Delia :) It was inspired by a TV program - a documentary years ago on who delivered the baby in the stable. Got to wondering with Bethlehem so full, would they have found a midwife in time.

desitheblonde said...

sound great and would love to read it and then i am going to get some done soon have great holiday
desi the blonde@

Donna E said...

Loved your blog -- The First Christmas. The story is familiar, but you've given it a new feel. I love how each telling of the Birth of our Savior can be fresh & heartwarming.

Hoping someday to re-visit England. It's been 30 year and we were only in the London area then.

After reading the blurb for Time's Arrow, it is going on my Read List.

shadow_kohler said...

your book sounds interesting. thanks for sharing!

Frank said...

Clare, thank you for that very special post--I loved you giving us a peek at what Joseph might have experienced that night!

Congratulations on Time's Arrow--looking forward to adding it to my TBR!

--flchen1, posting using DH's account
f dot chen at comcast dot net

VampedChik said...

Thanks so much for sharing!

Kathryn Merkel said...

What a poignant interpretation of what the birth of Christ must have been like for the father who raised him.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

Clare Revell said...

congrats to Kathryn Merkel who's name got pulled out of the hat.