Monday, December 24, 2012

Jesse Tree: Joseph, the foster father of Jesus

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Event/Theme: Joseph
Symbol we use: A lighthouse ornament. Joseph followed God's guidance to make his decisions and as such was able to guide his family as the head of their home.
Meditation: Joseph was planning to quietly divorce Mary to avoid lying (pretending that the baby was his child when he knew it wasn't) and to avoid causing her death (since she would be stoned if accused of committing adultery). But God made it abundantly clear to him that Mary was telling the truth and this child was God's own Son. Joseph believed and followed God's direction, given to him by an angel. He was led on some incredible adventures yet through it all he trusted in the Lord and looked to God to guide his decisions. When our own human intuition conflicts with God's wise guidance, which will we trust to lead us in the right direction?

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