Joseph: the character in the Christmas story that probably gets the least attention. He’s the protector, the one who watches over. But he has no lines and is merely the step-dad. No respect.

Only in Matthew do we hear much about him. He finds out the woman he is engaged to is pregnant and he knows he is not the father. So, he figures to do a “right” thing and quietly divorce her.

But then, he has a dream. A dream with an angel. An angel speaking to his situation. And saying incredible things including what to name the child and quoting scripture.

Have you ever considered what a risk Joseph took to trust the dream and go ahead with his marriage to Mary?

Are there any ways in which you can identify with Joseph, in terms of having to trust that a situation would work out, even if it didn’t look very good at the time?

Joseph’s original dream of getting married, one day having children and living a quiet life in Nazareth is turned upside down. But God didn’t come to save our dreams, God came to save us. And sometimes, God’s dreams for our future are beyond anything we could possibly understand or even imagine.

Tomorrow is the fourth Sunday in Advent. We gather at ONE 10:00 AM SERVICE ONLY. We come together to finish our preparations for the coming of God as a child that turns everything upside down. It won’t be the same without you. Bring a plate of cookies to share.

Grace be with you, 


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