Mary and Joseph
Mary was an unwed, pregnant teen. Joseph was a man in good standing. In their society, violence against women was expected and condoned. What a marvelous miracle that these two, against all odds, and against all expectations, allowed the Holy Spirit to enter into their hearts, and make their relationship work! We have Mary and Joseph both equally to thank for stepping up to their calling, for making a good home for the Christ-child and preparing Jesus so well for his life and ministry.
Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 12/18/2016