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Thursday, December 11, 2008

**{Joseph}**


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.

12 comments:

Camie said...

I have such a love and respect for Joseph. When Chad and I were thinking and leaning towards adoption it dawned on me that Jospeh became the adoptive father of Christ. I don't if that helped in our decision, but it was so comforting to know that he, in a sense, experianced addoption. Random thought, I know.

Megryansmom said...

Wow you were 1st in line at SITS today. Have a great Thursday.

Emily said...

I love that you are writing about the people who made up the first Christmas this year. Such a great idea!

You are such a cutie! I loved your comment on my blog.

Have a great day!
Em

Connie said...

Great posts. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what really matters at Christmastime.

Alicia said...

I've thought about that many times too. What an amazing resposiblity to shoulder! Don't you think they would have been a real awesome couple to hang out with!

Grand Pooba said...

Congrats at roll calling first today! Woot!

Whitney said...

Love this post! I always feel a little bit sorry for Joseph, because it seems like he never recieves enough credit for all that he did!

Tiffany said...

Beautiful post! Joseph doesn't always get the "props" he deserves.

LenaLoo said...

I agree with the last two comments, thanks for reminding us that Jesus was adopted, it's important to remember! Thanks for coming by my blog today!

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THE BENTLEYS said...

thanks that was really sweet. he often gets forgotten.

EmilieAn said...

Hey you know I don't know where I heard this story about Joseph but it's stuck with me all of my life. A little boy was feeling bad coming come from church because he was different. He was in a blended family and his Sunday school teacher/mother reassured him that it was just fine to have a step dad. Jesus wasn't raised by his father either. Even he had a step dad that did wonderfully. It's a wonderful way to think of it huh?

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