This Christmas, I’ve been thinking about something Allen Stoller (LSM missionary) wrote recently. He said in reflection of the Christmas story:
Joseph was a very special man. When Mary came to him carrying the Messiah in her womb, the natural reaction would have been to reject any obligation to become her husband. His pride would have guaranteed that Jesus would have grown up in the very same predicament that we see with so many women in Ethiopia…no male role model or provider. His humble courage and heart for Mary and for her unborn child was eventually transferred into Jesus’ character and His heart for hurting women and children. Joseph’s heart came from God’s heart and Joseph’s heart is a role model for the work being done in Ethiopia.