Joseph: The Forgotten Personality of Christmas
H. Edwin Young
I invite you to open your Bible if you would to Matthew chapter number 1, beginning with verse 18; ''Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. When his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph before they came together she was found with child by the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream saying, 'Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take thee Mary thy wife for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit and she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins.' Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken to the Lord by the prophet saying, 'Behold, a virgin shall be with child and they shall bring forth a son and they shall call his name Immanuel which being interpreted is God with Us.' Then Joseph being raised from sleep as did the angel of the Lord had bidden him and took unto him his wife and knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn son. And he called his name Jesus.'''
Let's pray together. With Thy quietness, 0 Lord, our hearts stand still near the crude stall where Jesus was born to Mary. The noise of the world is still for a moment. And, 0 Lord, the joy of heaven is easily heard. And there is a peace which passes all understanding among men of good will, whether they be wise or ignorant. Today, 0 Lord, help us to think on these things, pondering them in our hearts until at last the mystery unfolds and Thy Word is revealed. And, 0 Lord, on this day may Thy grace be made plain. Some of us here are as lonely as shepherds. Others as wayfaring as kings. Some as busy as innkeepers. Fill us and turn us again to the quietness of Thy peace. 0 Lord, You speak. Let me get out of the way so tha ...
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