Joseph’s dream

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         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.”

                  — Matthew 1.21

Joseph, awake.

Wake from your sleep of knowing everything, your dream of not having to look.
Instead, look anew. I have hidden blessing in your life, wonder concealed in what you reject, glory waiting on the path you resist.

I know, you want to understand, and to control things, and this is beyond those.
You are afraid of what others will think. But that is not real. This is real: I am asking you to be faithful without proof, loving without assurance, humble without protection. I am asking you to trust.

Learn to listen in a way that the world can’t teach you. Learn to know in a way that is not how the world knows. Learn to follow a path the world can’t see.

Mary is on a quest, discovering the blessing and wonder that I have created in her. Do the same for yourself. Look within. Listen to your dreams. Give your heart a voice. Trust the magnificence of what I desire for you. Never mind people’s expectations. Follow my delight. Do not be afraid to change your plans, to risk, to sacrifice, to commit.

Joseph, never mind being right. Commit to love. Marry blessing and faithfulness. Marry your doubts. Marry wonder. Marry unknowing. Marry not being afraid.

Joseph, awake. I have hidden blessing in your life. Take it as your own, and know my joy.

         When Joseph awoke from sleep,
         he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.

                  — Mt. 1.21

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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