Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
The strength of what we believe is measured by how much we are willing to suffer for those beliefs. Joseph was a man with strong beliefs. He was prepared to do what was right, despite the pain he knew it would cause. But Joseph had another trait – he not only tried to do what was right, he also tried to do it in the right way.
When Mary told Joseph about her pregnancy, Joseph knew the child was not his. His respect for Mary’s character and the explanation she gave him, as well as her attitude toward the expected child, must have made it hard to think his bride had done something wrong. Still, someone else was the child’s father – and it was mind-boggling to accept that the “someone else” was God as the angels informed him.
Joseph knew Jesus was someone special from the moment he heard the angel’s words. His strong belief in that fact, and his willingness to follow God’s leading, empowered him to be Jesus’ chosen earthly father. What Godly beliefs do each of us hold that God is calling us to hold strong in and not deviate from despite the pressure of those around us? God is our strength.
With love & blessings