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Let God Surprise You

Lists, Goals, Projects: Oh, how I love these things. Notebooks, Planners, Calendars: I’m all in. You, too?  In ninth grade, I mapped out my entire high school curriculum just for fun. In college, I carefully plotted my classes so I could take extra hours each semester in subjects I loved. I knew what my senior […]

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Who Has A Heart Like Joseph’s?

Not long after we had adopted our younger son, I heard about a couple who had adopted 12 children. Each one of these precious kids was considered “unadoptable” because of various physical and mental challenges. All of them required continuous care and since the family was quite wealthy, they had the means to provide for […]

Away In The Manger

Away In The Manger

This is a painting from a children’s book I wrote and illustrated called  Joseph’s Heart: A Story of Adoption. It is titled  Away in the Manger and is the most whimsical image from the book.  Baby Jesus takes center stage as He lies in swaddling clothing, surrounded by a bird’s eye view of various creatures. They look […]

Joseph Super Hero

Saint Joseph, Super Hero

  Su-per-he-ro (soo’per hlr’o) n., pl. ­ roes. A heroic character with a selfless, pro-social mission; with superpowers- extraordinary abilities, advanced technology, or highly developed physical, mental, or mystical skills Was Joseph a Biblical Super Hero? A look at Joseph’s Story through 21st century eyes: Let’s do a quick recap, shall we? A nice Jewish […]

Here Is My Son

Here Is My Son

  After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary wait one month in Bethlehem before taking Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, the law requires after thirty days the new parents must travel to the Temple  to consecrate their son to the Lord and make a sacrificial offering of two turtledoves. “Every […]

You Were Born In My Heart

You Were Born In My Heart

So it came to be Mary and Joseph were married. As they were settling in to their new home, an order was given. All people had to return to the town of their birth to be registered and counted. This meant Mary and Joseph must journey a long distance. Joseph worried it was dangerous to […]

Joseph Under The Nightsky

Abraham, David and Joseph

If Joseph was a guy who played by the rules, my next theory is he also knew a lot about his family tree. I believe Joseph studied the great patriarchs, prophets and kings of Israel as any dedicated Torah scholar should. Three of his ancestors are especially important in understanding Joseph. Abraham, his forefather, faithfully […]