Matthew 1:19-20

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

He was a just man who knew how to love,
Mary was in his heart – he had her reputation to save.
When the messenger from heaven came with a message to tell,
He acted without doubt the ancient scriptures to fulfill.

The facts were plain, Mary was going to have a child;
When Joseph knew He was the Savior long foretold.
He never waited long but when he rose from sleep,
Immediately they married, the promise was his to keep.

The Savior was to be born, he was the guardian of the Son.
Emmanuel was here, the Son of God had come.
He was to name Him “Jesus” who came to save us from our sins,
And Joseph’s role was to care for and make a home for Him.

A man may live a quiet life, and still be a man of devotion.
Joseph had his time and work to do in God’s plan of salvation.
Obscurity may be my portion here, just doing what God desires,
But what a privilege and joy is mine love for Christ inspires.

“Holy God, I am thinking with a sense of awe, that Joseph and I have both had personal dealings with Thee. Still within the limitations of my experience, I can’t easily identify with his experience that night when He was instructed to take Mary to be his wife. Yet, in another way I know what it is like to be assured she is the one God chose for me. I would like to be a just and sensitive man aware of what is best for the wife You gave me. Amen.”

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