25 Songs: Gentle Joseph
Everyone is all about the Holy Mother, and I admit I tend to fall in to that too. The tie between mother and her son is a strong bond, one most of us recognize, and one I personally respond to a deep level, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Joesph in the Nativity story too. Joseph who isn’t Jesus’s father, Joseph who has to be frowned upon by his friends and neighbors, Joesph who has no responsibility to this child biologically, or socially and yet stays and loves him and his mother anyway, Joseph a parent by choice, and by calling.
I think a lot about gay and lesbian families at lot when I think of Joseph. Joseph is the perfect picture of someone who taught the whole world that love makes a family, and the G-d has plans for all of us that go beyond what society dictates as the norm. Joseph, gentle Joseph, serves as a parent to the Divine Child in this very non-traditional family that serves as a light to the world throughout all the ages. I hope we can all find a little bit of Joseph’s love and dedication in each of us this holiday season.
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