Joseph, I need you

Do you ever feel like there’s nothing you can do to help solve the problems of the world?  Your part is just too small and it can’t make any difference?  I see, read and hear about amazing people who are really bringing about change.  But I’m just not sure I’m really making any sort of impact.

Then, I read about Joseph.  The Joseph of Mary and Joseph.  The one who was Jesus’ earthly father.  Check it out in Matthew 1:18-25.  Joseph is faithful and listens to God.  At the beginning of the story and then again after Jesus’ birth in Matthew 2:13-23.  At Christmas we lift up Joseph as a pretty big role in the story – but truly Joseph is rarely even mentioned after this.

But, we do have much to learn from Joseph’s example.  Consider these words of Pastor Steve Garnaas-Holmes:

“Joseph, I need you
to be a part of this story.
You will not influence events,
or determine outcomes.
Your opinion is not needed.
You will not even have a speaking part.
Not a word.
You will marry someone you wish to dismiss,
and your faithfulness will get you nowhere.
You will be homeless in Bethlehem,
and a refugee in Egypt.
When you come home
you will disappear from the story. Completely.
You'll be lucky they even know your name.
But I need you to be a part of this story.
I need these people to be loved.
Do not be afraid to have no influence,
to be a nobody, to be silent.
Just be faithful.
I need you to love the people I give you.”

Can we trust God enough to just love the people we’ve been given?  Can we trust God that our role might consist of being silent, keeping our opinions to ourselves and be in the background?  That seems hard.

May the gifts we receive this Christmas include:

  • the willingness to be faithful
  • to have no influence and 
  • to just be loving

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 for our last Advent worship.  We gather to prepare for the birth of the Messiah who comes breaking into the darkness.  Join us to surround the families of Arapahoe High School with prayer and love.  Let us share God’s love with another.


* Pastor Steve Garnaas-Holmes words from Unfolding Light at

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