Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Modern Day Family On Our Journey to Bethlehem....

Today's Gospel Reading
"...Joseph who married Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was called the Messiah." Mathew 1:16

My husband just walked in the door from pulling an all nighter at the bakery. There was a big mess up yesterday morning and it took them almost 24 hours to correct it. They have produced 22,000 hamburger buns by hand for delivery this morning. Today, let's be thankful for our husbands in all that they do for our families. They work tirelessly to provide and we probably can't imagine the amount of stress that they endure to make sure we are taken care of. I am thankful for the example of Joseph that I find in my husband this Advent season. A noble and good man laying down his life for his family. Tired, stressed, fearful, just as Joseph was when he led the Donkey to Bethlehem. Just as Joseph was as he delivered the son of God. Just as Joseph was when they fled to Egypt. I take comfort in knowing Clint is growing in his faith through the trials he endures and my daily prayers are being answered....that God is seeing to his salvation.

So whatever is going on in your marriage...peace, love, bitterness, or strife....keep in mind one of the main purposes of marriage is to help each other get to heaven. Set aside any negativity and embrace your spouse God has chosen for you. I once heard on Catholic talk radio, that sometimes the person we marry ends up not being who we expected they would be. But it is not about our expectations, but helping them meet God's expectations and loving them every step of the way.

Keep in mind Joseph's journey today. His tired, bloody, worn feet from walking his pregnant wife on a donkey to Bethlehem. No, it probably isn't what he or Mary expected, but they embraced their journey with faith & hope. Let us do the same with our little modern day family of Bethlehem this Advent season.

Blessings to you this Thursday.

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