Joseph was a good man, unwilling to shame Mary and have her pregnancy made public. He was going to end their relationship quietly when an Angel told him to not be afraid, this was from God. What was going to be kept quiet ended up the most talked about birth in human history. We often keep our pain, our embarrassment, our shame quiet and suffer. Our God makes butterflies from worms, diamonds from coal, and tough experiences into tough people, foolish decisions into wisdom, and mistakes into learning. We “fail forward”. With God in the mix, miraculous and surprising good fortune comes from what has broken and scarred us. This Christmas Season may the God of diamonds and butterflies turn your dirty, black, worthless coal into something precious.
Dr. John M. Stephenson