Gabriel is only heard from on very special occasions. His messages were directly from God and when he showed up, people listened. He brought comfort, astonishment, even a tugging at the faith of those he visits.
Joseph was a carpenter. Skilled craftsmen were few and far between, so the need for someone to create pieces carved from wood for practical or decorative pieces was there in the little village.
Being married to one who carves things from wood, I know it takes great ability to chisel away at a piece of wood and create something useful and beautiful from within it. In the process, the artist’s hands become blistered, slivered, strong and rough to the touch. Up until now, he had it made. He was engaged, had a trade which would support his new wife and family, a strong work ethic and a strong faith to get him through just about anything.
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