Many years ago as I was pondering plans for the Advent season in the church I was serving as a pastor, I took an interest in expounding on the role of Joseph in the events surrounding Christ’s birth. I have always thought his side of the story was a bit neglected during the Christmas season. The book of Matthew alone gives us any details about Joseph in the story.
As we approach the day that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, many of us are engaged in a swirl of activity to prepare businesses, homes, and churches for this important day. This is both traditional and understandable in most western cultures around the globe. Most of these traditions and much of the activity is our human effort to both honor and praise God for sending His only Son from His heavenly home to be born as a helpless infant so that all could have the opportunity of the hope of salvation. However, many of us, including myself, can sometimes ignore the meaning of Christmas for lack of reflection amid the hustle and bustle of the season.