Mary and Jo the end for now.

Finally they approached their goal

Okay Driver, we can walk from here, we have plenty of time. Looking really smart in their rich and kingly dress they stepped out of their limmo  the last of the journey their greeting to express.

The gifts they bare are unusual, not ones seen every day. They had researched them well to help this new king on his way.

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh  are the gifts they proffer. These unlikely gifts are special and each have something to offer.

They left the dunes and followed the stars light towards the hotel lit up in the night. When they arrived   everyone in reception turned to look at them, the young lady on the desk asked if she could help, yes they said is this the Hotel Delph.

We have come to see the baby, we have come baring gifts.  A familiar young man ( Gabe) smiled and beckoned them towards the lifts. “He is waiting for you back here in David’s room,” he said as  he lead them through the doors marked staff and into the gloom.

They followed him up a passage feeling somewhat overdressed, all the staff they passed bowed and seemed very much impressed. As they reached David’s door Gabriel disappeared, “Why does he keep doing that ” asked Balthazar “Am I they only one who think it is weird?”

the holy family

As they entered the room all of their worries flew away before them was the most amazing sight they had ever seen in all of their living days.

Angels, shepherds, sheep and all. Children,hotel staff animals large and small. They could hardly believe it true, all wondrous things here, heaven sent, and in every hue.

The babe was such a glorious sight, he was holy, holy and  he was surrounded by light and love and joy he was such a beautiful boy. This was the boy, the son of God he was going to save the world and by kindness, no use of the rod.

They drew forth their special gifts , gold for a King , Frankincense a perfume bitter but royal and Myrrh to use a soothing balm for the body royal.

the staff were so happy

The Hotel staff where so happy and  jubilant Irena and Annya  so proud they had helped. They loved this couple who’s short stay had touched their lives .

The gents from Magi.com were blown away with this place and so happy they had come all this way. To share a part of this birth to witness the miracle of the blessed babe and see his worth.

Now if everything you have read here is true, is a choice that I will leave up to you. But Angels and shepherds and the neighbours, pets and live stock too with wise men and gifts and happy staff and children in a 5star hotel with everyone happy as if all under a magic spell.

Well lets leave the parents and baby to sleep the staff, shepherds and wise men a watch over them to keep. They have to be up early tomorrow it is true. They need to make ready for a long journey out of this land. They have to escape Herod   and his evil band, of  killers of infants under a year. Yes that is why the Angels and the wise men had bid them flee from here. But for now we will let the three of them sleep for with fate and pain they have many an appointment to keep.

Mary and Jo part20

Checking their barings

And what of our three wise men who followed the star to find the babe of Bethlehem. They checked and double checked the charts they knew the 5th was the date imprinted on their hearts

They had stayed up discussing  Herrod and the proposition he had made for information about the where about’s of the babe. The stranger Gabriel made a lot sense he told them of Herods plan to find and destroy the babe if he can.

They decided that they would give him the swerve they had not like his manner he had had them all un-nerved. They decided they would give the parents the tip to leave asap out of Egypt and give the man the slip.

The still kept watch

So not long now till they set off into the night to pay homage to the holy mite . He is the new, the the shining light. With their gifts of gold, frankincense  and myrrh gifts which will in the future share.

Mares and Jo take their rest, something is telling them to stay, Gabe mentioned three wise men from far away. He also told Jo to be clear, after their visit they could not stay here. They must immediately up and leave Egypt without delay.

Rest while you can

Sleep sweet couple while you can there will be grief when your boy becomes a man.

He has come to save us all, it is true  but to reach that goal,Mares  there is much grief for you.

Mary and Jo Part19

Where are those three wise men, I hear you say where are those three kings are they not coming to pray. Yes they have been busy checking their star charts to see what they say.

Stars have warnings

They must arrive in January on the fifth day. Now as it happens it is a good thing you see, for they have not been well enough to leave the hotel as they have upset tummies!

Now don’t you forget them because you will see they will arrive safe on the day pre decreed! They will bring their presents fit for a new king. The the new order of life can begin.

Mary and Jo part18

Dove of peace

Coora, coora said the dove I bring light and I bring love. Such was the light that fell around it lit each pebble and grain of sand on the ground.

It was strange the Hotel Delph usually a place of wealth, had shepherds and sheep and ordinary folk  streaming towards it an appointment to keep.

Mares and Jo bathed in gentle light resting in the gazebo after a busy night. Swaddled tightly in his  arms Jo held his baby for now safe from harm.

Jo holds his son

Here within this baby’s heart is the blessed grace to give us a brand new start. All the people strangers to one another,  had all had the call to come and greet the new Child here with his father and mother. The Dove descends and  comes to rest near where these new parents have made their nest.

gentle angels

Gentle angels from heaven above look down upon this scene of tender love. Stragglers come from far and wide, the Ox, a dog a cat and many others beside. They all have gifts to give to this child who as a man will die so we can live.

A small group hover outside embarrassed by their pride, they have nothing to bring to give to the baby king.A beautiful angel approaches them and asks why they wait , they explain they no gift . The Angel bids them their hearts to up lift their love for him is an ample gift.

Annya  and Irene cannot believe their eyes they delivered this babe and heard it’s birth cries is this really where they work with all this light and people here how transformed this mean courtyard does appear.

Still some way off along the road our three wise men near with their precious load, of gold, frankincense and myrrh to worship a the baby’s feet and gentle Jo and Mares to meet.

Just for now we watch this strange, strange scene the farm animals, and the insects all clearly seen, mix and mingle with family pets and lots of humans lets not forget. This must truly be the Messiah for in every soul here tonight burns a fire of love and truth and sacrifice …the cats are just ignoring the mice, no pushing no shoving all is calm like the baby’s breathing in Jo capable arms.

Mary and Jo part17

Irena arrived first

Irena got there first a huge smile on her face, she was so happy to be doing her real job, even if it was in a strange place. She could not believe the sight that met her eyes, there was a cat and a dog and the lady from up the way and doves covered the skies.

Well she thought we can’t move her now she will have to give birth here in the gazebo! It felt so good to be wearing her blues again, Jo was flapping quietly rubbing Mares’ back pretending he was in control…. but that was all in vain!

Annya arrived she almost hurdling the bushes, how are things going she asked Irena, who smiled replied you have made it for the  pushes. So between the three of them a little babe was born. It was strange it took all night but some how it did not not seem long

Annya cool and calm

Mares seemed so calm , in fact she was serene, Annya was amazed and told Irena for a “first time mum” she was the calmest she’d ever seen. There seemed to be so many people there,angels people later said, with golden flowing hair and bright rings around their heads.

The pets from up the road and the lady too, and some shepherds arrived with their sheep they all wanted to be there too. It all seemed so surreal Oh! was it a dream.Here in the gazebo with doves and sheep and things!! The star above the hotel began to burn so bright it turned the scented garden and gazebo into a haven of light.

At last the babe is here

And so the babe is born. This the first day of the new dawn. This child has come to lead the way to take us to a better day.

The shepherds brought their sheep as gifts to the young king and his parents in love to keep. Josh has bought his friendship band he placed it in the baby’s hand. The children offered up the paper chain they had made with Mares and she in turn has kissed them all and blown away their cares.

On their way towards the hotel Delph  in a limousine our three wise men are approaching fast they want to warn Jo again and fast.

But for now all is light and all is love as the star shines down from heaven above, born for us this day our saviour to wash our sins away.

Mary and Jo part15

cats and dogs passing on the news

LISTEN TO ME HAVE YOU HEARD I WAS TOLD MY A PASSING BIRD.

My mistress has been knitting all week  it has been so long she since has been this happy. She has been singing a song. Now I can tell and this is true I can’t remember her this happy not since I was new!

Well miss pussy my young master has been so excited about a baby soon to be born he has been doing all his home work early, and before school he is up at dawn .

It is that young couple staying at the hotel yes, yes it is. I like their smell. Well miss pussy what do you say shall we go and a visit pay?

I should really love to do so I am so grateful that they have made my mistress sing so. I have a toy mouse as gift I could take, that sounds lovely but it makes me blue, because I have nothing to give them, unlike you. Don’t be silly doggy dear you have lots of love to spare.  yes your right when all else fails love is the gift that never pales.

So these two friends of old are going to join the fold of those who’s lives have touched  by these two young people who ‘s child will mean so much.

LISTEN TO ME HAVE YOU HEARD I WAS TOLD MY A PASSING BIRD.

Mary and Jo part14

Mares looking into the future

Mares was a resting, sitting in a comfy chair wondering what her life would be like when her child was here. Jo was in the garden talking with Gabriel, that amazing angel had more important news to tell.

Will her baby really be the saviour of man, will he have a strange life and die the worst of deaths known to man. All things were frightening all things seemed too much but overriding all these fear she longed for this baby and it’s touch.

Annya had just been with her and told her all was well but she needed to rest as her blood pressure was as high as hell. Annya was going out  but Irena was around again Mares counted her blessing for this little haven Jo had found.

The children had been in earlier they had been singing songs. Mares loved it when they came and made a happy throng. They had told her of the lady down the street who had been busy knitting for the babe she had yet to meet.  Mares remembered the lady she had arthritic  hands, mares had wanted to straighten her fingers and help her as the lady was so sweet.

Jo and Gabe talking

Jo and Gabe were outside talking, they had things to discuss. Gabe was telling Jo of Herod and that as soon as Mares had, had the child and was ready they should leave Bethlehem without any fuss. Gabe told Jo that Herod was a bad man without a conscience at all and that to make sure there was no king to usurp him he would slay all children under one ,yes he would slay them all.

Then he had some good news about three good and wise men who would visit them soon. They had bought some strange gifts for the baby and they would have news of Herod too. They were clever  men and he would like them all three. OH! Yes there would be shepherds they were coming from the pastures above the town they also wanted the baby to see. They were also bringing a gift of some of their sheep .  “Sheep !” said Jo, “Sheep , do you mean live ones we can keep?? ”

Gabe looked at Jo, at the behind his eyes and he said “come on Jo don’t panic now I know it all sounds bad. But you will find along the way that good times are to be had” Jo really was not sure it all seem far too big “come on ” smiled Gabe  you are going to sail this gig.

Mary and Jo part13

the lady down the road

The lady down the road from the Hotel Delph was busy knitting as she always did but this time not for herself. She had heard of the young couple up the road in need  she would help them in the only way she knew, indeed.

She could knit a jacked and some booties too, blue ones with a little duck and egg freeze. Her project was going well she was doing fine, she had not kitted this fast for such a long long time.

Her fingers gnarled now with arthritis had lately let her down she usually had to stop working after a short while and the pain just made her frown. But somehow since she had started on this knit her fingers moved like magic and she was so proud it.

Her face was relaxed and she had once again a smile. For some reason she was  free of pain it made her want to dance and sing that she could knit again. The children came to see her, they had not done so for so long, in days gone by they came for cakes and paid her with their songs.

The children started returning the day after the couple had arrived, she found that she could bake and knit again. The children made her feel alive. She had been so lonely, she realized it was her fault but now with this new found strength she would bring it all loneliness to a halt.

Happily she pondered on her new lease of life, she loved the children visiting and she loved that young Jo and his darling wife. The young wife she had touched her hands and wept for her pain. It was soon after that, that she noticed she could use her hands again.

Like the others she was excited waiting for the birth of the new king, she was doing what could and knitting gifts for him!

 

Mary and Jo part12

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were the gifts they decided to bring with them. They had decided after a long discussion gold was a gift fit for king.Frankincense also a worthy gift to make to him.

Myrrh also, a bitter perfume, the present may seem full of gloom but this young babe is going to make our world bloom.

These gifts they bare were to show this new king that they are aware. The future holds nothing but pain until he is reunited with his father again.

“Sorrowing, sighing,  bleeding dying then closed in a stone cold tomb. The span of human life is over so soon. Mused Melchoir “His mothers heart  will bleed she has sown a bitter seed” said Balthasar. “Yet we must celebrate his birth for he is come to save all of us on earth” replied Gaspar.

These three kings from the orient are tired they have travelled so far following the star.

Mary and Jo part11

busy Annya

Annya was busy she had three rooms left to do then another hallway after that she would be through. Suddenly her vacuum died and went quiet, turning round she found the housekeep looking concerned and white!

“According to your records you were a doctor in your country, is that true.”  “Yes “said Annya , thinking that was another life, “just what is that to you. ” It is that young couple staying David’s room they have no money and she is not well. Could you check her out  I will get Hannah to finish off your rooms.

Without another word the two women made for David’s  snug Annya pleased to be able to use her given expertise, felt like giving the Jean a hug! When they arrived Mares looked stressed with pain, fear in her eyes. When she was told of Annya’s skills she was so relieved she cried. Irena was there too and she smiled at Annya you need to reassure our patient that we know just what ticks and what she has here now is a case of  Braxton Hicks.

Annya checked Mares out and  with Irena she agreed that  for Mares to rest and for the couple to stay there really was great need. Jean the housekeeper smiled and said that would be fine David was sharing with the concierge and the manager had seen the couples good effect on his business so he certainly would not mind.

Irena  gently told Mares that before she had travelled here and be come a maid she had been a midwife and Annya was a doctor and so a birthplan the three of them made. Jo was so relieved he went for a walk and as he was hoping Gabe turned up for a talk. Gabe told him to fear not that all would go well and after the babe was born as soon as Annya told them all was well they should pack up and go.

Happily humming Annya almost skipped along to her room and from the very back of her cupboard she dug out her Drs bag and her books from where they had laid hidden in the gloom.At last she thought, I can again do just what I love, even if it was just for a short time it was like a gift from up above.Irena too was happy she and Annya were good friends they had travelled to this hotel together and now together they could practice medicine again!

Magi.com had landed and were Hilton bound in their hired limousine they needed food , drink and rest but after that to find the babe they were very keen. After research on the plane they were even more determined not to contact herod.com again.

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