An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 1:20 NIV
Last month was National Adoption Month here in America. I am the father of two adopted children. Joseph adopted and raised the baby Jesus as his very own son. From my own experience I can tell you that the love that Joseph had for Jesus did not fall short in any way. I so appreciate that he responded so well to this heavenly dream and chose to embrace the human disgrace of Mary's pregnancy. In hindsight we can understand why such a man was chosen to raise Jesus.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing Advent series.