Day 10 – Steady
Mary’s pregnancy was news to Joseph.  He knew the child was not his.  He had a plan to avoid making a bad situation worse.  Then God stepped in.
Matthew 1: 18 – 25
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: 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.


Joseph. Steady.
Yesterday I wrote about worship as a response to God’s action.  Joseph responded to God’s action, but the documentation of his response is different. Whereas Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary,, have their words of worship recorded in the Biblical text, no such words are attributed to Joseph. He probably did respond to God’s action with words and songs of thanksgiving.  That would have been normal for a devout follower of God.  But we have no record of it.  What we do have recorded is Joseph’s steady, solid, stable obedience.    Joseph was to take care of Mary.  Joseph was to be the human protector of this helpless child.  Joseph was to provide a home where this child could grow, learn and become a man.  Joseph responded to God’s actions by doing what He was called to do.

The example of Joseph reinforces that all of life can be a response of worship.  By doing what we are called to do we are worshipping God. Yes, worship happens with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Yes, worship also happens with a steady life lived in response to what God has done.