It is tempting to see Joseph as righteous because he “does right by Mary”. But this version misses the story’s most powerful truth.
How Joseph embodies the presence of God.
Advent 4A | Matthew 1:18-25
by the Rev. Drew Downs
Rose and I have made it abundantly clear that our kids will not be dating until they’re 30.
Now some might suggest that this is an unrealistic rule. Saying that perhaps we need to rethink it. I’m sure we will. There is little doubt that they will both seek to renegotiate these terms sooner than that.
But how is that we all know that?
There are a variety of reasons. Most of us who are over 30 dated before we were 30. And I’m willing to bet that a really high number of people in that category even got married before that age.
Interestingly, last year’s average age of men marrying for the first time was…30. For women, it was 28. So really, not far off!
This is significantly higher than back in 1990 when it was 26 for men and 23 for women. And way higher than 23 and 20 (!) in 1960.
So, we may laugh, but it is far less crazy than it used to be. Things do change…
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