Silent Night, Holy Night.
Christ is born.
A week or two before the holidays, I try to read the Christmas story everyday; I don’t want to miss a fresh thought.
Today, I marvelled at Joseph.
He had already chosen Mary to be his bride and was looking forward to a life with his love. She accepted his proposal, and no doubt, she too was looking forward to being with him. Perhaps they even expressed their desire of future hopes and dreams … how many children, where they would live … regular stuff.
Life was very normal in Nazareth. For a young engaged couple, neither of them expected anything out of the ordinary.
Imagine with me the scene, when Mary brings Joseph the words from the angel. Unprecedented news. The Bible says, “while he (Joseph) thought about these things”, an angel of the Lord also appeared to him in a dream.
There are two things I took away from my reading this morning.
Firstly, Joseph didn’t panic. He pondered the news from Mary, then went to sleep. That is amazing, considering her disclosure. Secondly, while resting, the angel confirmed in a dream what Mary had told him.
How kind of our Lord.
Understanding how hard it would be to believe such a story, God came through for Joseph and settled his mind … and … He comes through for us too; helping us with things not understandable.
This Christmas, do not panic.
Have a peaceful rest each night, knowing … for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. Luke 2: 11-14 (KJV)
Silent Night. Holy Night.
Christ is born … let us rejoice!
“Dear Heavenly Father, what a plan! Thank you for sending your son to such a willing couple … teach us to obey you as they did … be it unto us according to your word”.