Advent Daybook, 22: Joseph, do not fear

My Advent daybook for these 24 days of waiting. Join me, won't you? (see previous Advent daybook 2016 posts here)


 Joseph's Son by Steve Prince ( source)

Joseph's Son by Steve Prince (source)


Our God Is Hungry by Garrett Viggers and a Thin Places Band


 
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

’Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel’
(which means, God with us).

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
— Matthew 1:18-25 (ESV)

prayer for the day:

 
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer

 

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(see all Advent daybook posts from 2015 here)