This morning the sky was a bit pink. It was really red and I ran into get my phone to take a picture and this was all that was left. Can you see all of the wishes in our front yard? Our front yard was a pasture, we have pasture weeds in our lawn.
Today I thought I would talk about a very quiet character that the Nativity seems to me does not give as much attention to is Joseph.
“A virgin was engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. Her husband to be, Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. As he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: He took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son.
He called his name Jesus. A angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod.
These are some of my favorite verses. I love that Joseph never questions the angel of the Lord. He just gets up and does what he is told. I always think that God knew exactly what kind of parents Jesus would have, and he picked just who he wanted. I think that there is that quiet devotion first to Mary, in that he didn’t want to do any thing public when he was told she was expecting. He then waits for her until after Jesus is born. Then he goes to Egypt to protect the baby from Herod and then doesn’t go back to the town they were from but goes to Nazareth. To keep Mary and Jesus safe. I think Joseph is really a hero.
I hope someday I get to meet him too in heaven.