"O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands."
As I look out my kitchen window I see the parking lot of the Tabernacle of Deliverance and Praise (formerly the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection). This evening there are young folks playing a game of ball that I do not recognize. Some of them are old enough to be young fathers, and some are young enough to be their children. I wonder which of them has the heart of Joseph, protecting the children from things in life that might ruin them, occupying and nourishing them with a kind of loving family that will help them know and hold the love of God.
The mission statement of the Tabernacle goes like this:
"Tabernacle of Deliverance and Praise Ministries shall build unto God a haven for shepherdless sheep, the spiritually ignorant, and those without hope and eternally lost. The Mission of this ministry shall be to build people of purpose, power, productivity and praise. We have the assignment to teach the uncompromised word of God so that purpose of self-worth is revealed. As an example of holiness, character and integrity, this church will inspire others to achieve excellence in every area of their lives, ministries and careers. This born again, Spirit filled church is to have an emphasis on building men and women with a God conscience and God-like faith so that they can function as husbands, wives, and parents in a manner that glorifies God and impacts this generation."
It will surprise some of you who know me from elsewhere in the blogosphere that I would lift up "TODAP", but, just sayin', they wouldn't be here if I didn't believe in what they are doing. It's where my former parish lived, too. God bless 'em, and Pastor Jerry, too.