Monday, January 8, 2018
In the Bible, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is Joseph. He has a very important job to be of help to Mary and Jesus, but then Joseph disappears from the narrative, never to be heard from again. Did you ever have a "Joseph" in your life? It would be someone who was crucial to you at some point and then you never saw or heard about or from them again. I had such a person in my life when I was a bachelor in San Francisco many years ago. A friend of mine had just gotten married and it was the evening after the wedding. I was alone and feeling quite bereft. My friend's life was working out just fine as he went off on his honeymoon with his bride. My life was going nowhere. I was in a pity pot of self-absorption and depression. I cannot go on living like this. There seems no way out of my messy life. For some reason, I called a fellow with whom I used to work in my old job. He was at home and invited me over when I said I wanted to talk. It was a grace that got me to pick up the phone, call, and he to be there free for the evening. I went to his apartment and talked for hours. I remember him listening, not judging or trying to solve anything. Eventually, I got exhausted with my self-absorption, and fell asleep on his couch. The next morning I felt better. Crisis passed. I never saw him again. He was my "Joseph." I am still alive...and telling stories of evil witches, doing blogs and trying to stay out of mischief.