But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our* hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
On August 15th we honor Mary, the mother of Jesus…but as I was thinking about Mary, and this passage, I found my thoughts turning to Joseph…what about him?
While Mary gave birth to Jesus, according to the Bible, Joseph was more of an adoptive father…as Jesus was the Son of God!
To be tasked with raising God’s Son as his own must have been daunting to Joseph, as it was quite a responsibility!
Yet, by all accounts Joseph was a good father to Jesus; reminding us that it takes more than biology to make a parent! As an adoptee myself, I understand this very well, as my adoptive parents were my ‘real’ parents, they loved me and watched over me, and took care of me throughout my life.
So to it is with God, while God gave up a Son in giving us Jesus, through the risen Christ, we have all been adopted into God’s family; and as with my family, Joseph, and so many other adoptive and step parents, we are loved as God’s own!!!
God is like a parent to us, and as such, I believe God understand the trials and joys of parenthood just like any other parent…just like us! Just like any other parent, it is not hard to believe that God can become disappointed and frustrated with us, and offers us guidance, but no matter what God never stops loving us!
When we find our journey as single parents getting rough, it is good to remember that we are not alone…there are millions of other single parents who are also facing the challenges of raising children on their own, and there is our perfect parent, God, who is always with us supporting us and loving us, and guiding us, both directly and through others.
Let us Pray:
God, thank you for adopting us as your own, and for loving us and guiding us as we face the challenges of single parenting. Please help not to shy away from asking for your help and the help of those around us as we raise our children best we can, while trusting that they are in your loving hands.