Faith - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

The appearance of the angel (see below) probably reassured Joseph a great deal, but there’s no mistaking that accepting Mary’s pregnancy is a mighty leap of faith being asked of him. We can’t know how strong an impression the angel created, how certain Joseph was able to be in the months that followed, or if he had moments of doubt and anxiety when he had to remind himself of his dream and the power of what he had been told. God called Joseph to believe, just as he calls us to believe and our challenge is just as hard. It’s also however the essence of faith – the belief in something we can’t know for sure but might just have glimpsed.

Loving God, You call me to have faith in Your teaching and Your purpose for my life, and yet I can find this so hard. The world would distract and dissuade me, piling on pressure and diversions. Bring me back to Your teaching and fill me with confidence in Your unending love. Amen.

Matthew 1:19-21

Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

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