Continuing on with the people that make this time of year so special I've picked Joseph. Like Mary this man must have been highly favored or our Heavenly Father. It was his responsibility to teach Jesus. To raise him to become a man. I wonder if he felt inadequate the first time he held the Christ child? I wonder if he thought he was good enough to raise him, if he could teach him enough. In the end I'm sure that Joseph learned more through his son than he could have ever taught him.
I picture Joseph doing all he can to find a place for Mary the night that the Christ child was born. I'm sure his heart ached when there was no place for her to be. And although I'm sure he was grateful to have the stable as a place to sleep, but I would think he felt bad that he couldn't do more for his beloved wife and his new child.
As a child someone needed to teach Jesus to fast and pray. That person was Joseph. I have this beautiful piture of a young Christ sitting in Joseph's lap praying. And it's a reminder to me that no matter what children grow up to be the start young and they need the guidence, and someone to teach them.
As with Mary I have so much love and respect for this man. Being ask to raise any child is hard but the Christ child, and to know that really this child was not his, yet he did it, he raised the Son of God.