In the third week of our Advent series Pastor Dennis Allan walks through Joseph’s story in Matthew 1:18-25. It’s the story of a faithful person who knows God’s ways and character, acts with compassion and mercy, and submits himself fully to God. Joseph endured public scorn and shame, relinquished control over his life and his family’s life, and even risked his and his family’s physical well-being and safety. All because of the joy set before him. Joy isn’t an emotion so much as it’s a state of being. It’s knowing that even though we may endure scorn and give up control over our lives, we’re deeply loved by God, that we get to be in relationship with the Savior of the world, and that we get to participate in His ongoing redemptive work.