Day 5

Read Matthew 1:18-25.

Devotion by: Madelyn Korsak
Announcement to Joseph

This passage speaks to me because it is really all about mercy. Joseph totally could have (and at the time, people said he probably should have) left Mary, because she was pregnant with a child that wasn’t his. But Joseph showed mercy and stayed by her side throughout her pregnancy and the rough travel to Bethlehem. Of course, it does help that a literal angel came to him in a dream and told him what was up.

So we as Christians and mature and reasonable people must show mercy to each other as God showed mercy to us and how Joseph showed mercy to Mary. People are hard to deal with, and no matter how selfless you are we can admit that everyone is just a little bit entitled. I’d say the chances that someone you know is carrying Jesus is slim to none. Even still, that doesn’t mean we can’t carry them to Jesus through mercy.

Jessica Spivey