“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about:
His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph,
but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant
through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was
faithful to the law and yet did not want to expose her to
public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.”
– Matthew 1:18-19 (NIV)
We can understand Joseph’s concern, surprised by Mary’s news of the Christ child’s coming. Those around him might not believe Mary about her visit from the angel, and the best choice might seem to leave her quietly without facing the public doubt about the impending birth. But Joseph wasn’t sure…
Sometimes we’re faced with situations that pit us against what we believe and what the world might believe about us. That’s when we remember the value of those who have always been honest with us and the value of our own honesty, too.
Mary’s character made her a credible source of information. It’s important that we work to build the same credibility with those around us every day. We do that by telling the truth, by being a good representative of Christ in all we do, by following through on our promises to those we love.
Family members learn to trust each other and friends learn to trust friends over time–it’s a deeply satisfying gift from God. And we learn to be trustworthy because Jesus showed us how. He has never lied to us, abandoned us, tricked us, or led us the wrong way. Let us always value our trusted relationships and work every day to make them even better, especially at Christmas.
Father, thank you for the gift of trust to share with each other and Christ. Please help us live all our relationships in trust.
Show your children sever sets of two photos, one of a parent and one of a stranger, then one of a grandparent and one of a stranger, etc. Ask which person in each set of photos they would trust. Then do a simple exercise, such as close your eyes and tell a child that you trust her to give you a kiss on the cheek and explain that by being trustworthy in small areas, we gain trustworthiness in bigger ones.