December begins. I remember last year I drew one picture to describe the life and blessing of Jesus every day until Christmas day. I got up at 4AM every morning for drawing. What a fun!
This year I’m afraid it might be a bit too tough, because I might have consumed all my artistic resources for the days. But I’ll do my best.
How blessing this year is, that it is the first day of December and the first Sunday of Advent!
Last year I learned the event of Joseph and Mary is a very important.
Joseph must have been hurt and confused when he knew his fiancée had a baby which was not his. But he never abused Mary for that reason, but wanted to be apart from her quietly. And he finally accepted her as his wife.
Neither Mary would have been simply happy to be the mother of the Messiah, but been also confused and anxious.
But both believed the good news that was brought from the Angel, and yielded to God all that would happen to them.
This year I heard the pastor of our Church in Toyama preach on this event.
It was surprising that he told, “The sweet dream of wedding, which both Joseph and Mary had enjoyed, was completely turned over when the angel Gabriel came.”
“What the angel told to Mary was, in short, that God wanted to use her womb to bring the Messiah to people”
“They must not have fully understood God’s will. Especially Joseph might have been left hurt. Nevertheless they counted only on the good news for the Messiah and did just as the Angel said.”
The pastor said, in the beginning of every Advent, he thinks of Joseph’s feeling.
Then Today’s picture is how Joseph and Mary reacted when the Angel visited each of them.
Joseph is still in confusion and trying to make his thought in order. Mary is also wondering, but she might have been thinking a bit more positively, because the Angel congratulated her directly. And the Angel might have had a complexed feeling, because he had the mission to bring the message unbelievable to people, especially disturbing to Joseph, the son of David.