As we approach Christmas Eve, we take the time to consider how we, like Jesus, were adopted by a very special father.  Joseph, Jesus’ adoptive father, learned from an angel about the unique circumstances surrounding the special child who was being given to him to care for and raise.  And we, because of that special child’s life and death, were adopted by our heavenly father under some very unique circumstances as well.  Like Joseph at Jesus’ birth, our heavenly father accepts us with open hearts.  We are wanted, loved and protected.  And so, we also are called to adopt others with open hearts, to want, love and protect those to whom God has called us to adopt.

Based on Matthew 1:18-24 and John 1:9-13.