A Good Joe

 A good Joe:

def. a kindly obliging good-hearted person                                                                                                          Merriam-Webster Dictionary

His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”] (which means “God with us”).

 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.                                                                                                         Matthew 1:18-24

During the Christmas season, we read the story of the birth of Jesus, and there is one major character that recedes into the background. Joseph, the betrothed husband of Mary. Joseph, a good father, though not biological father, plays a key role in making this whole plan work out. Joseph hears the plan in a dream, and by his faith which he put into action, enables the whole plan of the birth of Jesus to move forward as it must.

Joseph’s steady faith and obedience allows Jesus to be born safely, and rescued during a later purge planned by Herod. Joseph knows that he is not the star of the show. He has been relegated to be a bit player who gets scant recognition for the success of the venture. Yet because he is a good husband, he provides for his family’s safety and growth without fanfare. He is just a good provider and dad.

In other words, he was a “really good Joe”.

Prayer: Lord, you have given us all parts to play. Some are glamorous, but all are important, Amen

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