Can you imagine the emotions of Mary, as the chosen young lady who would be the mother to Jesus? Often when the Christmas story is told we hear a lot and even through songs about Mary, the Shepherds, the wise men and of course Jesus. Has there ever been a Christmas song written about Joseph, the man who was appointed to stand in the gap on earth as the father to Jesus? Can you possibly imagine His emotional and mental anguish at what was going on, imagine what he endured?
God didn’t just choose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, He also choose Joseph as the man who would stand in the gap and be a father to Jesus. Joseph was the dad who would love, teach, guide and provide for the one who would save the world – Jesus. Joseph was no ordinary man, for like Mary, Joseph had a heart that was dedicated to God. As a parent, I simply can’t imagine the pressure he would have felt guarding this child that was entrusted to him.
As God is the life giver each person has a purpose and we are all capable of being world changers through love. This Christmas I would like to take a moment to honour parents, guardians and those who act the role of a parent around the world.
Even thought Christmas is one of the most enjoyable, challenging, busiest, lonely, overwhelming, joyful, grateful…. times of the year. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus; a precious gift from God our Father who created us. It was the birth, life, death & resurrection of Jesus that was going to change our lives for eternity. Jesus was and is the gift that keeps giving, it is through Him that we experience love, joy, peace, hope….all we have to do is ensure we not only receive the gift but daily engage with this most precious of gifts that we may have life. This Christmas take a moment to reflect on the gift of Jesus to build a relationship with Him.