Nativity, Abstract - Joseph
As we continue to create space this Advent season, consider structures in life that God’s Spirit may be trying to reframe, to make room and allow for more. It could be anything, try not to limit or judge what comes up. We continue our abstract expression of the Nativity this week with Joseph, Mary’s betrothed.
Take this moment
to breathe deep;
the lifting and lowering
of your diaphragm,
Relax your jaw.
Let go, and let God.
I am a craftsman like my father.
Placing my hands upon his
he taught me to peel back the bark of the cedar,
to smooth along the grain
slow, methodical. “Stay with it,” he’d whisper.
Through his determination
I learned to cut, carve, sand, and seal.
My work speaks for me,
this table and chairs heard me swear;
these shingles know how uncontrollably I sweat;
the door embellishment tells my attention to detail, my ethic.
She came to me, explaining wonder and honor,
the magnificence of your Love!
I came unhinged, honestly,
my heart set on her…
Who expects a Love like this?!
The kind of Love
that allows a man
to bear his wife carrying the child of another?
I know it is you!
She glows with you!
She grows in radiance!
She is awestruck…and I am dumbstruck.
You say not to be afraid, but I am!
What new husband isn’t the least bit intimidated?
What new father isn’t a bit unsure?
No man is incapable of adapting, expanding.
I can…I am just hesitant, resistant.
This family is unorthodox!
But, let your Love grow between us, Abba,
and he will reside in my heart as our firstborn.
I will shoulder and cradle him,
guide him, provide structure for him to grow.
I will invite him to explore my world,
place his hands upon mine and together build:
a fishing boat,
a cart and plow,
Our work will speak for us.
Allow me the blessing of fathering your son, God,
and I will adopt your Love as my legacy.
I will make room.