Debbie Eisenbise is the former Director of Intergenerational Ministries for the Church of the Brethren. She serves as an Instructor at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, interim minister, spiritual director, end of life doula, and pastor at an online church: www.livingstreamcob.org.
The weighty and earnest words of Deuteronomy ring out with welcome clarity in a time of partisan wrangling and division. God cuts to the chase, gets right to the bottom line, and calls out what is important—an invitation to a covenant for the common good.
Joseph knows that this situation with Mary is not about legalities, or honor or shame or what other people may think or say; it is about God bringing Christ to the world. All that matters is God’s call. Joseph honors Mary, and their marriage, this family, as the opportunity God has created to bring hope, salvation to all the world.