Daily D – Luke 2:4
Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (NIV)
Matthew 2:13-15 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (NIV)
Life is often called a path, a journey, a pilgrimage, and an expedition. Something happens inside of us as we go where we have never been. We are stretched in such a manner that we never return to our original shape. True Christmas does that.
Beyond the lights and packages and seasonal music, there is the story, the reality, the unglamorous, unmistakable entry of God into his creation on mission to draw all people to himself in a singular story of living, giving, redeeming, and returning.
Mary and Joseph’s story sounds something like wayfaring strangers. A week’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. A week’s journey to Egypt. Another week or more home to Nazareth.
Where all have you traveled for Christmas? What memories rise to remembrance?
Where are you in your story, your expedition?
What stories will you live this Christmas that you will remember in all your Christmases to come?
How will the first Christmas shape your remembrance and celebration?
I will wonder as I wander.
Our Father, I look back. I look around. I look ahead with wonder. Some stories are too good to be true. This story is so good because it is true. Thank you for including us in your story. May our story help others know your story. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.