[Advent begins this Sunday, so I offer this post from the archives imagining what that first Advent must have been like for Joseph.]
I didn’t get any sleep last night. I haven’t been sleeping well for a while, in fact. My friends say that’s normal for someone about to get married, but it’s not just that. It’s about my Mary.
Don’t get me wrong. She’s the sweetest and wisest woman I’ve ever met. But right now we’re merely betrothed and haven’t had our wedding night yet. That’s why when she came to me a while ago with her news it caught me by surprise. Complete surprise.
“Joseph,” she said, “I have to tell you something.”
“I love when you tell me things, my sweet.”
I meant to make her laugh, but she looked down and drew a deep breath.
“You know I want to be the best wife possible for you.”
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