Weather Alert:

Church programs for Monday, Jan. 22 will resume their normal schedule at all locations this evening.

Programming Note:

Leawood’s Sunday night in-person worship has been moved to 4 pm for Sunday, February 11. 

Close this search box.

God reached Joseph through dreams

December 8, 2021

Daily Scripture

Matthew 1:20; Matthew 2:13

Matthew 1:20

20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 2:13

13 When the magi had departed, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will soon search for the child in order to kill him.”

Daily Reflection & Prayer

The name Joseph came from a great man in Israel’s history. Genesis 37, 39-50 told that first Joseph’s story. He was the patriarch Jacob’s favorite son (born to Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachel). He grew from a spoiled child into a man of reliable integrity, and Egypt’s king finally trusted him to save Egypt (and Jacob’s family) from a great famine. Interpreting dreams, an ability he always credited to God, played a key role in the rise of Joseph’s historic namesake (cf. Genesis 41:15-16).

  • In Bible times, as often happens today, parents would choose names that captured the character they hoped and prayed their child would develop. So Mary’s fiancé Joseph, a humble working man, bore the name of one of Israel’s great patriarchal heroes. What traits from his great namesake in the Hebrew past did Jesus’ earthly father emulate and live into in facing his important (but “behind the scenes”) responsibilities?
  • How did your parents (or you) choose your name? Did it come, at least in part, from an admired person, either in your own family or in history? If so, what qualities does that name link you to? If you’ve chosen to identify as a “Christ-ian,” what qualities does that name invite God to work into your character as you face life’s challenges and opportunities? In what ways do you want people to remember your “name” (whether it began as famous or obscure)?

Lord Jesus, someone else got to choose the name I got at birth. But I get to choose what kind of person that name identifies. Help me, like both the famous and obscure Josephs, to be known for living with the kind of character you offer all people. Amen.

GPS Insights

© 2024 Resurrection: A United Methodist Church. All Rights Reserved.
Scripture quotations are taken from The Common English Bible ©2011. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Journey: A Season of Reflections

Today’s Insights was chapter 10, “Joseph’s Dreams,” from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.