See the signs? Advent is here...
The students are busy prepping for finals and we're busy helping them remember that Advent comes before Christmas! It's not Christmas yet. It's Advent; the weeks before Christmas when we reflect on the coming Emmanuel. Last week we chatted with students about what this meant for Joseph, looking at the first chapter of Matthew... Joseph basically had to make the dangerous decision to be Mary's husband and Jesus' father. We don't know much about his thought process, but we know it would've been a difficult thing to imagine!
Ahem, your betrothed being pregnant by the Holy Spirit isn't something that happens all the time.
We also talked about how this means Joseph basically adopted Jesus, since he wasn't Jesus' biological parent. It's interesting to think about adoption during Advent, especially as we see our Jewish siblings celebrating Chanukah, and remember that Christ followers were adopted into their traditions.
It's a lot to wrap our minds around. Most of Advent is a lot to wrap our minds around, which is why it's important not to rush to Christmas... We're excited to spend this special time together :)