Monday, December 19, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Christmas 2022

Day 6

But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21

We never really remove the emotions from an event.  What we feel is a real feeling but it’s not always a factual feeling.  Emotions are God-given, woven into the fabric of creation.  Feelings are like fingers, they help us know what we’re touching or what is touching us.  Can you imagine the feelings associated with this story?  Feelings of rejection, remorse, regret,  and restlessness had to filll the hearts of Joseph and Mary.  Feelings might show us the facts about what we’re thinking but not give us the facts about what is really going on.  Mary confessed the truth and Joseph considered the truth, two key elements to discerning God’s direction.  Don’t be pushed around by the pressure, paranoia, and problems of the season, ponder what God is saying and doing.

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