An Advent Reflection
One of my favorite Christmas songs (that I listen to way too much every year) is “Joseph’s Lullaby.” If you’ve never heard it, the song is from the viewpoint of Joseph as he is holding Jesus shortly after his birth and singing to him. Joseph knows he is holding the “glory of heaven in his arms,” but for that one moment, the song goes on about baby Jesus sleeping and the stillness in that moment, for Joseph and Jesus to be in peace.
We know the moments before the setting of the song weren’t the most peaceful of times for Joseph. We read in Matthew and Luke about Mary becoming pregnant by the Holy Spirit and then can only imagine Joseph’s confusion as his fiancé is suddenly pregnant. The craziness continues as Joseph himself is visited by an angel in a dream, their long journey to take part in the census in Bethlehem and then the search to find a decent room for Mary to give birth in, for it to happen in a stable behind an inn.
I could not imagine being in Joseph’s (or Mary’s) shoes. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, I would assume Joseph was drained. It seemed to be one thing after another. Even with all these things going on, Joseph remained completely faithful to God and never gave up. Through all of this, Joseph knew why he was doing it. He knew that his fiancé Mary was holding the Son of God, and that these trails and toils were not in vain – he was accomplishing what God had called him to do.
As we look at the Advent season we are in, I challenge us all to look at our faiths as we quickly approach a new calendar year. Where are we finding our hope at? It’s easy to put out hope in the things close to us that we can hold and feel and know is there. While this temporary feeling is good, at the blink of an eye that object or that person can be gone and our faith disappearing along with it. We are called to be like Joseph however and to put our faith fully in God. Joseph didn’t run and find somewhere else to put his faith when things got weird or unexplainable or hard – he continued to rely on God for his strength and knew that everything was going to be okay because God had it covered – the same as with you and me.
This Advent, I challenge us all to have reckless faith – faith so strong that nothing could break us. May we enter this Advent season knowing a child is born that has come to save all our sins, and that no matter what, we are saved from the evils of life and the world because this baby went to a cross to cover us all.
Praise be to God! Amen.
-Todd Cox, YOUTH 2019 Stage Manager