Joseph was remarkably restrained in his initial reaction to the news that Mary would have a baby. They had not consummated their relationship, yet she was carrying a child. Joseph was called righteous even before the angel came to him. And later, he demonstrated that righteousness when he took Mary home. Before reacting when something unexpected happens, first pray for discernment in understanding God’s will.

This post is part of a series of reflections that take us through the Advent season. They are intended to help us set our minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, compiled these reflections for his church while he was stationed in Germany.