“It Wasn’t His Child” by Trisha Yearwood
— Friday, December 14th, 2012 —
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and we all know what that means. There are lots of reindeer, elves, and lit-up wise men in communities all over America. But we don’t hear a lot about Jesus’ father. No, I don’t mean Jesus’ biological Father, the God of Israel. I mean Jesus’ adopting father Joseph of Nazareth.
When you listen to Christmas music, there are lots of songs about our Lord’s mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary: not just “Ave Maria” but CCM/pop stuff along the lines of “Mary, Did You Know” and so on. But Christmas music, like Christian churches, tends to ignore Joseph.
This week on “The Cross and the Jukebox,” we listen to a song that speaks, somewhat at least, to Joseph’s life as adopting father. This version of “It Wasn’t His Child” is sung by Trisha Yearwood. Let’s talk about why this song, and so many of us, see Joseph the way we do, and what that has to do with our understanding of fatherhood, of sacrifice, and of the gospel.