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The Courage of Joseph
It is the first week of Advent.
Time to reread the Christmas story and become familiar again with Gabriel visiting Mary, of Elizabeth becoming pregnant well past her childbearing years, of Zechariah being silenced because of his lack of faith, of Jesus being born in a stable manger, of the choir of angels singing to shepherds in the fields, of visitors bringing gifts from the East, of the dreams of Joseph, and of Mary pondering all these things in her heart. Wow! What a story! It is Advent. Time to anticipate and prepare for Emmanuel, "God with us."
As Christmas approaches, we yearn to experience again the excitement, the joy, and the wonder of the baby born to humble parents, Mary and Joseph. The story of Christmas tells us of God's dramatic way of coming to be with us, at the time and in the way, we need God the most.
When you read the story, you recognize that courage makes this season possible. The theme of courage comes to the surface over and over again. Over these few short days before Christmas, let's explore the courage of the persons in the story. This week, through LeaderCast, we look at the Courage of Mary. Today, through this blog, let's look at the courage of Joseph. Remember the story? Continue reading....