Can This Be?

I am absolutely thrilled to feature the work of my dear friend Patti Hazlett today. Patti is the kind of person who brings energy with her when she graces a room. Hope and vitality echo in her heart and her writing. I know you will love this post as much as I do and want to visit her blog many times to come.

by Patti Hazlett

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus
because he will save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:21.

Oh God, can this really be true?

They have been gone for so long. Bethlehem is a lengthy journey and Mary was nearly ready to give birth. My heart strains to know if they are well. Even more, it yearns to know if this could really be?

Everything rational in me says it cannot be true. Yet, everything in the Scriptures points to it being real. My son. Joseph. It is certain he is of royal lineage, a direct descendant of King David himself. His father, Jacob, and I have raised him to honor God and live his life with integrity. He has grown into a God-honoring, humble man.

When he came to us, telling us of Mary’s pregnancy, we were stunned. Out of love and respect for Mary and her family, Joseph decided to quietly walk away from their engagement. Of course, we supported his decision. But then, he spoke of a dream. A dream in which he was visited by an angel of the Lord. The angel, he said, told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. That the baby should be named Jesus, because he will save the world! Dare we believe this could be the time? What if it is!?

The Scriptures have been part of our lives for generations. We know what they predict. The prophet Isaiah foretold of a coming King. One who would be born of a virgin. Born to reign from David’s throne. Born to save the world. It does seem to fit. Oh, do I dare believe it?

Lord, please calm my anxious heart!

Peace. Yes, peace. That’s what I feel now. As if what I have prayed for really is true! My heart is calm and I have a sense that yes, the baby Mary is about to give birth to truly is the Savior we have waited for for so very long!

With everything inside me, Lord, now I do believe. You have shown me that this really is true. Oh, Father, we are unworthy and yet humbled by your grace and mercy to allow us to watch over the Savior of the world.

My son. The earthly father of the King of Kings. Our grandson. He will be the Grand Son.

Praise be to God!

Patti Hazlett is a writer whose blog devotionals have struck a chord with her readers. Her ability to look at life through what she calls her “Jesus filter” has taught many life lessons and practical Biblical application. A later-in-life Christian, Hazlett struggled for years to connect the dots between her life and a life as someone who was saved. Her journey took a radical turn after a cancer scare and a heartfelt, honest cry out to God to use her for more than the life she was living. Today, she approaches every day with the prayer to maximize each moment for His glory.

You can connect with Patti on Twitter, Facebook and her blog


  1. Patti,

    What a beautiful perspective. Thanks!


    Cousin Dan Geml

  2. I love this, Patti! I have never imagined the Christmas story from the perspective of Joseph or Mary's parents. Hmm... :-)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Patti and Shannon! I wish you both God's blessings in the year to come!

  3. How fun Shannon, you had some really different 'characters' featured this Christmas season! I loved looking outside of the normal parameters to see Jesus birth in a different light!

  4. Shannon,
    I love the people you've featured here. Patti your post and bio makes me think we'd be friends.

    Merry Christmas to both of you!

  5. Such a neat blog; very creative. So much fun to imagine what Joseph's mom might be thinking!

  6. Love this! Such a neat perspective I hadn't thought about.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Thanks to all of you for stopping by! Your comments have warmed my heart! It was very cool to think about the story from a totally different perspective. I'm grateful to Shannon for asking me to be a part of this wonderful opportunity! Merry Christmas, all.


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