I've been spending a good deal of time with Joseph this Advent season. As I write this newsletter, I can see him standing on my prayer table, part of a little manger set from the Holy Land. There Joseph is, next to Mary, staff in hand, looking down at an empty crib. Just as we anticipate the coming of Jesus this Christmas, so too Joseph is anticipating this bundle of light and love and wonder--the incarnation of everything that is good--into his world, his life, and his rag tag family. He waits and he dreams and he trusts.
Last week, I opened a text from Kaitlin to find a picture of the much anticipated ultrasound. She and her husband, Jason, had just found out that their first little bundle of joy, due in May, would be a boy! Their future as a family is taking a clearer shape.