Joseph of No Respect
Joseph gets no respect. Sometimes I think he is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Scriptures. Little is known about him. He has no speaking lines. After the early years of Jesus' life, he simply disappears from the story.
But Joseph is a man open to hearing God's instructions in a dream and following through on them. He bases a life-long decision on that dream. And, like Mary, Joseph too says "Yes" to a sticky situation. As a man of integrity he keeps his word until the end of his life (Matthew 1:18-25).
For reflection: Do I hear God in dreams? When I hear God's instructions, do I make a complete commitment to following them?
Let us pray. Jesus, I don't know how many times it says in the Scriptures, "If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts", but I know it is repeated over and over. I make a commitment to you today. If today I hear your voice, I will not harden my heart.
12/21/2013 05:02:59 am
The heart does need continual softening. I really love the daily prayer response that says, "Incline my heart according to you will O God."
12/22/2013 04:36:13 am
I never thought about "incline" indicating uphill. But you are right. It does. And the heart does need continual softening.
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