21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ 22All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’ 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
Devotion by Anne Mooney
Faith. I imagine Joseph and Mary must have had a great and quiet faith. They were called on to do some surprising things and they did all they were asked. Mary was asked to bear a son, who was God with us. Joseph was asked to name him. Did they feel the responsibility they were tasked with?
Sometimes in my life I hear God calling me to do things I don’t want to do. Recently I had a new student placed in my class. I teach student with autism. We had worked very hard to become a community of learning and now a new person was being added to the mix and the behaviors I heard he exhibited sounded challenging and intimidating. I was worried and knew some of my current students would find this new child a threat to the security of our “family.” Despite my fears and resistance, I heard God talking to me telling me everything would be okay. This child was meant for my class. Sure enough, things have gone well. The student has relaxed and grown as a learner and has brought a sense of inquisitiveness and enthusiasm to our community of learners that was missing! God has been with us, helping us grow in ways we could not imagine.
How has God shown up to walk with you in your life? Has Emmanuel helped you walk the path of faith this Christmas season?
Emmanuel, come and be with us this holiday season and into the coming year. Help our trust grow so we can live lives of faith. Amen