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Chaplaincy

Monday, Second Week of Advent

"Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; Praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, Praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord."
--Psalm 150

Joseph's Song

So much attention is giving, and rightly so, to Jesus and Mary at Christmas and throughout the year. But there was an additional perspective, that of Joseph. How must he have felt during the Advent season, preparing to be the earthly father of the Son of God. In his 1991 song, Michael Card, paid tribute to the plight of Joseph as he adored his newborn son. As directed in Psalm 150, Michael Card praised the Lord through music.

Joseph?s Song
(words and music by Michael Card, 1991)
How could it be?
This baby in my arms sleeping now so peacefully.
The Son of God, the angels said, how could it be?
Lord, I know he?s not my own,
Not of my flesh, not of my bone.
Still Father let this baby be the son of my love.

Father show me where I fit into this plan of yours.
How can a man be father to the Son of God?
Lord, for all my life I?ve been a simple carpenter.
How can I raise a King?
How can I raise a King?

He looks so small, his face and hands so fair.
And when he cries, the sun just seems to disappear,
But when he laughs, it shines again.
How could it be?
How could it be?

This baby in my arms sleeping so peacefully,
The Son of God the angels said.
How could it be?
How could it be?"


Praise the Lord, and prepare for His coming!

Dr. Tom Phelan
Husband to Catherine Phelan, Associate Professor of Communication