We’re coming down to the wire, God. This is the point in Advent where, if I haven’t done it by now, it isn’t going to happen. Those dreams I had of creating the perfect Christmas for my family, my church, myself …. they were lovely, weren’t they, Lord?
But maybe they weren’t the dream you’ve been dreaming all along.
Like the dream you gave Joseph.
Your dream disrupted Joseph’s dreams of the perfect marriage, the perfect family, the perfect life …
Yet Joseph didn’t argue with you (the way I would).
As far as we know, Joseph stayed silent (the way I would not).
Joseph simply obeyed. Mary may have said, “Let it be with me according to your word,” but Joseph quietly acted, even if he didn’t completely understand what you were about to do.
And you chose Joseph, of all the possible people in Nazareth, to be the one who would teach Jesus how to be human.
So, Lord, help us to discern your dreams for us, and make us willing to obey you, just as Joseph did.
Give us courage to abandon our old dreams, dreams that focus on what we want for ourselves, instead of what you want for us. For we know that what you want for us is far greater than anything we can imagine.
Help us to embrace the new dreams you put into our hearts and minds, dreams for peace, for justice, for lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things, dreams for sharing the good news that You are with us, Emmanuel, and you will save us from our sins when we turn to you.
And then, Lord, teach us how to be human, too. Just as Joseph taught Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. Amen.