about what Joseph must have been feeling and thinking? He didn’t want to embarrass Mary and make matters worse than they probably appeared – her being pregnant and not married – so he was willing to just to “divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:19)
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
I wonder if Joseph ever thought, “What have I gotten myself into?” Yet, like us, once we yield our will to His will and His plans…things work out OK. Were there tears? I am sure there were. Was there sorrow? Without a doubt. Was there pain and suffering? We know there was. Joseph was Jesus’ earthly father…I believe he loved Jesus as much as I love my son and just as much as you, dear readers, love your children – provided you have children. Can you just imagine what he felt? He knew this child was going to be special.
Strange indeed…yet He IS the Messiah!
As for my accounting test…I didn’t do as well as I had hoped, yet I got one of the highest grades in the class. That isn’t saying much when the highest grade was 69! But, it is what it is…I did my best and will go over a few things to try and make sure I understand them before moving on to Accounting II in the spring. I will for sure get a “C” in the class, possibly a “B”…we shall see. The grades are not posted until December 28th.
Today is my last day of work until I return after the break in mid-January. I am so behind in what needs done around the house, I don’t think I can get it all done in the four weeks I have off, but I will need to make a list and get started soon!
Lord, thank you for bringing me to the end of the semester. Thank you for the situations you brought me through and for the lessons I learned – both academically and in life. You have been with me every step of the way – through the good and the bad. Thank you for the blessings you have given me, not the least of which is my new job that I love. Thank you for the people that I have met, Lord, please help me to be a light for you in this world…in this dark and dreary world – I am so thankful that you are The Light. Thank you, Lord, for Joseph and his willingness to follow you, even when it seemed so strange. Thank you for the courage he had, please Lord, give me that kind of courage, to follow you and your will even when it doesn’t make sense, when it feels strange. Please bless my family Lord, those reading this blog, my friends and those for whom I have promised to pray…Lord, you and I know who they are, please be with them in a special way today. Comfort those who are grieving during this season Lord, it can be so hard this time of year. Thank you Lord for this opportunity to share my thoughts, Lord.
I've often thought on the very thing you've mentioned here this morning, Mary. Joseph was quite an honorable man…no doubt hand picked by God, just as Mary was.
Congratulations on having one of the highest scores on your accounting test. I would think that would be an extremely difficult class for me.
Enjoy your month break and try not to overdo with the things on your list.
Merry Christmas, Mary.
Hey, I am hoping that professor grades on the curve. If he/she does, maybe you will make a really good grade since yours was one of the highest grades.
I really loved your post today, Mary and especially the prayer.
Hoping you get everything done that NEEDS to be done and a lot of "want to get dones."
I think of Joseph often and pray to him each day. He must have felt the weight of the world on his shoulders at times in protecting the Messiah. He is certainly an example for all of our earthly fathers of today. Thank you for your post.
Great job on your exam!
Merry Christmas, Mary!