Joseph’s Song by Michael J. Card

How could it be this baby in my arms
Sleeping now, so peacefully
The Son of God, the angel said
How could it be?

Lord I know He’s not my own
Not of my flesh, not of my bone
Still Father let this baby be
The son of my love

Father show me where I fit into this plan of yours
How can a man be father to the Son of God
Lord for all my life I’ve been a simple carpenter
How can I raise a king?  How can I raise a king?

He looks so small, His face and hands so fair
And when He cries the sun just seems to disappear
But when He laughs it shines again
How could it be?

Father show me where I fit into this plan of yours
How can a man be father to the Son of God
Lord for all my life I’ve been a simple carpenter
How can I raise a king?  How can I raise a king?

How could it be this baby in my arms
Sleeping now, so peacefully
The Son of God, the angel said
How could it be?

God’s Gift in Joseph

It’s hard to imagine being more overwhelmed and anxious than Joseph must have felt. Nothing in his life prepared him for this. Before this miracle, Joseph must have made plans, had an idea of how his life might unfold, and thought he could see what was ahead. Now everything has changed in unimaginable ways. He has no plan, no way to prepare for what the future might bring, and no mentor to show him the way.

How could Joseph possibly have appreciated the blessing God had given him? The fear and uncertainty must have threatened to blind him to God’s gift. God’s blessings have often come to me in disguise: a loss that opened my heart to new possibilities, a challenge that made me grow in ways I never expected, a friend who saw abilities in me that I never recognized in myself. The seeds of growth and potential are given by God to each of us, and God asks us only to be willing to trust and to follow. My obligation, like Joseph’s, is to be open to God’s will, to allow God to work through me as God’s plan unfolds.

Betty Brunlieb Price

Questions: Have you ever felt like Joseph?  When/How? What has God given you to nurture? Pray about that.

 

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