This Advent I have been reading through Adam Hamilton’s, “The Journey: A Season of Reflections“. It’s a companion to his book, The Journey.
One of my favorite insights I picked up from the book is about Joseph. Hamilton writes, “Unlike Mary, Joseph has no “lines”—we don’t read a single word he speaks in the Gospels. It is universally recognized that he played an important role in the life of Jesus, but there are no “hail Josephs” offered to him. He is the patron saint of those who serve and do the right thing without seeking any credit.”
Joseph’s not quoted, he simply serves. He doesn’t tweet, blog or post on Facebook. He simply serves. He has no tell all account that he gives in verbal or written form, he simply serves. Matthew tells us he is a righteous man. The Christmas story affirms that it’s true. Have yourself a Joseph Christmas, one ready to serve then be served. He passed that lesson along to his son as well. As Mark tells us, Jesus serves and gives his life as a ransom for many, and that includes you and me.
By the way I picked up this book up on November 19 thanks to DailyCheapReads.com under their free category. It now sells for $7.10 on Amazon. It’s a companion to Hamilton’s book, “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.” It was one of those free for a day books. It’s why I check Daily Cheap Reads on a daily basis, to see what’s available.
In addition to the great stories of the Bible, what else are you reading that is inspiring you this Advent season to get ready for Christmas?