Poor Joseph. I think he gets a bum rap. I mean, Mary gets worshiped and the guy hardly gets a mention amongst us mortals.
But he too was chosen.
I love the primary song that talks about how Joseph swept his shop before leaving for Bethlehem. How hurt he was that there wasn’t a place for them to stay. How he watched that baby wondering what lay ahead for him.
In reality, Joseph’s experience is similar to many new dads. They can’t really figure out their place in all of this. Many of them feel so lost and confused, as I place that baby in their arms they look at me wondering how they will ever do this. They are torn between wanting to care for their wife and this new baby….
I love how in our local nativity the shepherds come bounding into the barn. They’re SO excited because they have just seen an angel proclaiming the child’s birth. Imagine how Joseph felt wanting to protect his wife and the new baby. Kinda awkward…. But I’m sure it was just like that. Joseph was a good, good man.
So, what can I learn from Joseph?
- Men do tend to get a bum rap, but have similar trials. Sometimes women get a lot of the credit where a child is due, but the man deserves just as much. Sorry Drew.
- Listen for angels. Can you IMAGINE how mad he was when Mary told him that? I can’t. And yet he listened to the angel and his heart was softened. I think I tend to just be mad and don’t think of all the angels or reasons…
- Make do. I’m sure that none of this was in Joseph’s plans, not having a room, having to haul his extremely pregnant wife on a tiny donkey. But he made do, and it was sufficient for their needs.
So, what do you learn from Joseph?