December 22 – Joseph’s Surprise

Matthew 1:18-23: Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.  But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us).


Joseph is an interesting person. He takes some strange news rather well. Imagine this as a reality TV show plot: Your recently married wife drops the baby bomb; you know you’re not the father. You’ve done the math and it doesn’t add up. You don’t need Maury or Jerry Springer to figure that out you are not the father. Unlike those shows, Joseph doesn’t want to hurt Mary. He instead chooses to divorce quietly. He wants to look out for her sake as well as his.

In this moment, the angel steps in. He steps in and confirms Mary’s story. This verification is what Joseph was looking for. His fears are calmed and he joins up with Mary and they wait until after Jesus’ Birth before.

Gabriel recalls to Isaiah and the virgin birth, speaking truth into the situation. This is what Joseph needed to hear. Speaking truth into our situations helps to bring a rational look at what’s going on.  Joseph needed to hear truth to understand the strangeness his world turned into.



Dear God,

Joseph stepped into a difficult role as “Step Dad”. Sometime we are given roles that we didn’t expect or walk into, so thank you for giving us a role model. We can’t do this alone, so we hold on to your truth.

In Jesus’ Name



Carol of the day:

What Child is this?


Family Activity:

It’s a Wrap

Today, take some time to wrap some presents. What i recommend is wrapping a couple of empty boxes. Keep this boxes among the rest of the presents. When the rest of the family isn’t looking, fill them up. Let it be a surprise come time to open them, when the present’s they wrapped as empty are later full.   


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